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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a research-supported treatment which combines cognitive-behavioral theory and methods with Eastern meditative principles and practices. DBT addresses problems in regulating emotions, painful or maladaptive patterns of thinking and self-defeating, self-injuring or impulsive behavior.

DBT skills include:

  • Mindfulness = non-judgmental, present moment awareness and acceptance
  • Emotion Regulation = Identifying emotions, managing emotional reactivity and increasing positive emotional experiencing
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness = improving interpersonal interactions and relationships while maintaining self-respect
  • Distress Tolerance = Skills for tolerating painful events and emotions.

Mindfulness, or present moment awareness without judgment, helps with combating automatic negative thoughts, being able to focus and take in new information, develop self-compassion, create separateness between you and your symptoms and helps develop the part of the brain that is involved in executive functioning – skills for living life.

Emotion Regulation skills reduce reactivity and impulsivity and build a sense of self-control and competence.

Interpersonal effectiveness skills help you clarify what is most important in any interpersonal situation and act in accordance with your priorities.

Distress tolerance skills help you cope with distress without making it worse.

Currently we offer an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group which teaches mindfulness as a core skill. Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills are woven throughout Yellowbrick’s group program. All of the DBT skills are beneficial regardless of diagnosis or symptoms. Mindfulness exercises are also a part of the Men’s and Women’s Trauma Recovery specialty programs.

A unique aspect of Yellowbrick’s treatment is the in vivo experience of DBT skills at the Residence offered with the support of the 24-hour availability of Residence Resource Staff. This allows individuals to access support with skills in “real-time” and apply them in the moment.

If someone relapses with self-destructive behavior, this therapy type is brought into individual therapy, where aspects of DBT chain analysis are used to support individuals in understanding what triggers self-destructive behavior and identify the chain of thoughts/feelings/behaviors that unfold. This helps in ultimately finding points at which to intervene earlier and prevent repetition of harmful behaviors. These findings are brought into the Yellowbrick Community Meeting for supportive feedback.

At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 866.364.2300.