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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive and highly effective, evidenced based treatment approach for people who have intense emotions they are unable to manage, resulting in  impulsive or emotion-based actions that cause pain and problems in their lives and in the lives of those who love them.  Fear and denial of emotions leads to more anxiety and depression, which leads to more avoidance and/or destructive behavior that creates a cycle of intense suffering.

DBT offers a way out of the suffering with skillful, effective ways to regulate or manage emotions, deal with painful situations, and improve relationships. Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT),  has described DBT as a treatment that helps people who are suffering from intense feelings and roller-coaster emotions create their own "life worth living."  These skills in conjunction with a biblical foundation help me to recognize clients' strengths, understand their emotional sensitivity, and offer practical and powerful ways to build functional relationships and a rewarding life.  

Components of DBT
DBT skills training groups are more like classes than traditional therapy groups. The goal is to teach DBT skills in an efficient and effective manner, using examples and problems from real life situations. Skills are taught in the areas of MindfulnessInterpersonal EffectivenessEmotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance.

Coaches and Therapists
​DBT coaches are different from traditional therapists in many different ways, they are more candid about their reactions to client behaviors and likely to tell anecdotes and analogies from their own lives to assist in teaching skills and modeling coping behavior.  We have been there, done that, and got the T-shirt!

The primary job of the DBT coach is to help clients stop behaviors that are destroying their lives. Coaches offer acceptance and understanding to clients just as they are and then works to help them learn new ways to build their lives in the ways they would like it to be. All goals are only the goals of the client, with essential accountability from coaches these goals are likely to be met much faster. The relationship with the coach is supportive, honest, and validating of what is positive and also direct about destructive patterns or behaviors.

If someone is suffering from trauma, this should be brought up to your individual therapist outside of skills group.  I am able to work in tandem with your individual therapist to facilitate recovery.

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