The DBT Skills Group is founded on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). This therapy was invented by Marsha Linehan, a psychologist, and is based on traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of chronically suicidal/self injurious persons who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD). Dr. Linehan’s modifications to CBT were inspired by her own struggles with BPD and insights gained by successfully living with the condition. Her work resulted in the development of a novel and creative approach to therapy that many are finding to be helpful and successful in treating their symptoms.
Standard DBT may involve the use of a number of different types of psychosocial therapies (i.e. individual psychotherapy, phone consultations, group skills training, etc.) Any or all may be used as part of the DBT treatment. DBT differs from CBT mainly in the emphasis on validation. It is used as a powerful tool. The therapist and the patient work towards an acceptance of uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and/or behaviors rather than exhausting all their energy trying to struggle with them.
Once a thought, feeling or behavior is identified and validated, the process towards change no longer seems impossible. Goals for a gradual change leading to eventual transformation can be seen as a reality rather than an unattainable ideal. DBT also focuses on developing coping skills or specific behavioral techniques that can be used to fight disabling symptoms.
New Adaptations DBT Skills Group meets regularly and focuses on group skills training in combination with developing real life coping skills to combat symptoms of mental illness.
DBT treatments can be effective in treating individuals with a multitude of different disorders. If you are interested in finding out if the New Adaptations DBT Skills Group would be beneficial for you or a loved one, contact Lynn Brimhall, LCSW, today.