Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT TherapyDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but has proven to be effective for treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. This skill-building therapeutic approach, developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan, also successfully treats depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

DBT is an evidence-based treatment that has been heavily researched through numerous clinical trials. Research has found that, through DBT therapy, DBT groups, and phone coaching, you can learn coping skills that can help you to make a long-term recovery from your psychiatric disorder or addiction so that you can have a “life worth living.”

DBT Therapy

There are three main components to Dialectical Behavior Therapy: individual DBT therapy, DBT skills groups, and phone coaching. Your individual DBT therapist will oversee your treatment and take the lead on a DBT team. As part of treatment, and to help prevent you from engaging in self-harmful behaviors, you will be encouraged to have phone coaching sessions with your therapist.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment is organized into several stages and goals (or targets). The first stage of DBT focus on reducing life-threatening behaviors, decreasing behaviors that may cause you to drop out of therapy, minimizing behaviors that affect your quality of life, and learning effective coping skills.

The other three stages of DBT help you learn to experience your emotions more fully, effectively solve ordinary life problems, and move toward a feeling of completeness.

DBT Skills and Groups

DBT skills are the cornerstone of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. These skills, which focus on improving your behavioral, emotional, and cognitive instability, are taught during DBT groups. The following four skills are taught during DBT skills groups:

  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness skills help you learn to live in the present and more fully experience your senses. Mindfulness will help you focus and increase attentiveness.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: Interpersonal effectiveness skills teach you to ask for what you need, better cope with interpersonal conflict, and improve your social and family relationships.
  • Emotion regulation: Emotion regulation skills can help you to better identify your emotions, reduce emotional reactivity, improve emotional stability, and better manage your emotional health.
  • Distress tolerance: Distress tolerance skills will help you improve impulse control and better tolerate stress.

DBT Treatment at Clearview Treatment Programs

Clearview Treatment Programs in Los Angeles specializes in using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We also provide DBT treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Clearview Treatment Programs is the only treatment center on the West Coast that offers a full continuum of DBT treatment programs, including residential DBT treatment, DBT day treatment, and outpatient DBT treatment, to help you achieve lasting recovery. All of our DBT therapists have received intensive training from Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, or UCLA Harbor Hospital’s DBT training program.

In any of our programs, you will receive DBT therapy, including individual therapy sessions and DBT skills groups. Based on your individual needs, you may also receive psychiatric services and a variety of small specialized groups.

If you, or a loved one, are struggling with a psychiatric disorder or addiction and need Dialectical Behavior Therapy, please call our toll-free number at 1- to ask questions and receive a free assessment.