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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) at Highland Springs

Highland Springs is one of the renowned DBT treatment centers in the Intermountain West. Our unique DBT program offers evidence-based services designed to improve self-image, relationships, and decrease mood swings. Call today or submit the form below to schedule a confidential counseling appointment.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) at Highland Springs

Highland Springs is one of the renowned DBT treatment centers in the Intermountain West. Our unique DBT program offers evidence-based services designed to improve self-image, relationships, and decrease mood swings. Call today or submit the form below to schedule a confidential counseling appointment.

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What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy designed to treat people who have difficulty controlling extreme emotions, such as borderline personality disorder. People who experience borderline personality disorder often have histories of sexual abuse and trauma, intense fear of abandonment, and self-harm behavior. Clients experiencing these conditions benefit greatly from DBT as it helps to combat these feelings and help you find happiness. DBT can be classified under four modules.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy designed to treat people who have difficulty controlling extreme emotions, such as borderline personality disorder. People who experience borderline personality disorder often have histories of sexual abuse and trauma, intense fear of abandonment, and self-harm behavior. Clients experiencing these conditions benefit greatly from DBT as it helps to combat these feelings and help you find happiness. DBT can be classified under four modules.

DBT Program at Highland Springs Specialty Clinic

Our DBT treatment centers use an integrated treatment approach that combines weekly individual DBT therapy sessions, weekly DBT group therapy sessions, and phone consultation. Highland Springs Specialty Clinic’s DBT program combines cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with concepts borrowed from Eastern spirituality.

The weekly individual sessions focus on the troubles in the patient’s life and problem-solving behavior. Symptoms including suicidal thoughts and self-injury are discussed first, followed by negative behaviors that can interfere with the therapy program. Methods on improving self-worth and self-image are addressed in individual meetings, as well as learning to cope and overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Weekly DBT group therapy sessions last approximately two hours and are led by one of our experienced behavioral health therapists. Clients learn four different life skills in group therapy: interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance/reality acceptance, emotion regulation, and mindfulness. The success of a DBT program depends on a strong working relationship between the patient and therapist. At Highland Springs, our therapists are trained experts in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and can help you achieve results.

Our DBT Program Address Symptoms Such As:

  • Intense, uncontrollable emotional overwhelm
  • Persistent depressive mood and radical mood swings
  • Patterns of self-inflicted injury and high risk, self-destructive behaviors
  • Thoughts of suicide or lethal suicidal attempts
  • Chronic anxieties and fears
  • Difficulties in interpersonal relationships at home, at work, or in society
  • Being misunderstood, misinterpreted, or being unfairly or maliciously treated by others
  • A sense of emptiness, dread, and foreboding
  • Uncertainties about who you are as a person and our purpose in life
  • Profound fears of neglect and abandonment by significant others
  • Dissociative experiences and fugue states

DBT Modules Explained: What are the four modules of DBT?

There are four DBT modules that are designed to help individuals better manage their behaviors, emotions and thoughts. These DBT modules include core mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. If an individual is living with a mental illness, they may lack some of the following skills. However, DBT is designed to help.

1. Core Mindfulness

Based on Eastern Zen philosophy, core mindfulness focuses on how to be mindful and present. The ultimate goal is for you to learn how to observe, describe, and participate. These are known as the “what” skills of core mindfulness. In contrast, the “how” skills highly non-judgmentally, effectively, one-mindfully. You will learn how to focus on the present moment in a calm manner. As you do, you will be able to approach situations in a much healthier way, avoiding destructive behavior.

You will learn to become more aware of:

  • Your thoughts
  • Your feelings
  • Your behaviors and behavioral urges

As you learn to be more mindful, this will support your ability to practice emotional regulation.

2. Distress Tolerance

In life, crises are inevitable. While most treatment options focus on changing distressing events, distress tolerance is a DBT module that focuses on your ability to accept distress and emotional pain. You will learn to better accept life as it occurs in the moment.

Some of the core strategies used in DBT include:

  • Turning your mind towards acceptance
  • Willingness versus willfulness
  • Distraction
  • Self-soothing techniques
  • Improving the moment

The goal here is for you to work towards a greater sense of “wise mind” — which is the state of mind that you should strive for when making decisions. In contrast, the logical mind and emotional mind form a wise mind.

3. Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness focuses on how you interact with others and how response patterns impact interpersonal relationships. This module focuses on scenarios where your ultimate goal is to change something. The skills you learn within this DBT module should optimize your ability to reach your goals within a given situation without hurting others or yourself.

Some of the lessons you’ll learn include:

  • How to say no
  • How to cope with interpersonal conflict
  • How to ask for what one needs
  • How to build a sense of self-respect
  • How to balance priorities vs demands

In DBT, acronyms are used to help clients remember key skills, which are tried to objective effectiveness, relationship effectiveness, and self-respect effectiveness.

4. Emotion Regulation

Emotion regulation focuses on your ability to effectively regulate your emotions so that intense emotions do not constantly interfere in your daily life.

While participating in DBT, you will learn how to:

  • Identify and label emotions to enhance your understanding
  • Identify core obstacles when it comes to changing problematic emotions
  • Increase the number of positive emotional events in your life
  • Leverage core mindfulness, as you become more aware of your current emotions
  • Apply some of the distress tolerance techniques you’ve learned to achieve more optimal outcomes

Overall, emotion regulation will address three core goals:

  • Understand your emotions
  • Reduce emotional vulnerability
  • Decrease emotional suffering
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Can Help You Find Happiness

If you or a loved one is struggling with borderline personality disorder, PTSD, or another condition treatable by DBT, Highland Springs is here to help. Fill out the form or contact us today for more information.

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