Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of talk therapy that incorporates cognitive-based components. However, it differs distinctly from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) because it stresses accepting upsetting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors rather than struggling with them. Dialectical behavior therapy dates back to the 1980s when Dr. Marsha Linehan created the therapeutic model. The discipline grew and now many residential mental health facilities have begun incorporating dialectical behavior therapy because this style of therapy can help treat a variety of mental health conditions, including:
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Bipolar disorder
How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Works
DBT works to help improve the resident’s self-image, mindfulness, stress tolerance, and ability to regulate emotions. Since those who benefit the most from this therapy do not know how to control impulses and emotions, learning how to do this is a critical factor in making improvements. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) highlights the care and its effectiveness in therapeutic settings.
During sessions, the therapist helps individuals understand their thought processes, then begins to reframe their thoughts. Seeing life only in “black and white” terms is a common trait of those struggling with mental health conditions. Learning how to see the “shades of gray” that are sometimes apart of life can be crucial to improving one’s mental health. Dialectical behavior therapy can help residents slow their thinking rather than reacting immediately. Emotional intensity is another common trait that this process works to correct.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Rose Hill Center
Participating in dialectical behavior therapy at Rose Hill Center can help you learn how to manage painful emotions that could potentially put you back in a negative headspace. DBT focuses on four key areas:
- Mindfulness – This area involves improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment.
- Distress tolerance – During this stage, individuals work on increasing their tolerance of negative emotions, rather than trying to escape them.
- Emotion regulation – This phase is about residents learning strategies for managing and changing intense emotions.
- Interpersonal effectiveness – The final area involves individuals learning how to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, but helps them maintain self-respect and overall strengthens relationships.
In addition to dialectical behavior therapy, Rose Hill Center offers a variety of adult mental health treatment services to our residents. Some of these services include:
- Schizoaffective disorder treatment
- Depression treatment
- Personality disorder treatment
- Anxiety treatment
Contact Rose Hill Center Today for DBT
Rose Hill Center sits on over 600 acres of rolling hills and beautiful gardens that’ll make you feel right at home. Our team will track your progress, and you’ll have a supportive environment. We’ll provide the tools and support you will need to continue your journey toward total wellness after you’ve left our care. No matter where you are in improving your life, DBT can help you achieve your goals.