Seed of Change Counseling & Neurotherapy Services

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DBT

                                                                                                   

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the gold standard evidence – based treatment specifically created for Borderline Personality Disorder.  Research supports use of DBT for adolescents, trauma survivors, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and mood disorders.  It is useful for clients experiencing emotional dysregulation, impulsive behaviors, self-harm (including binging / purging), addictive behaviors, and suicidal ideation / attempts.

                                     

What is DBT?

DBT is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.  These skill groups teach Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance skills. Utilizing experiential activities and group processing helps clients to integrate skills into daily life. Clients are required to be receiving concurrent individual treatment. Our groups will focus on the essentials of DBT while addressing the concerns of each individual.

Biosocial Theory 
A. There is a biological vulnerability to emotions
1. high emotional sensitivity
2. high emotional reactivity
3. slow return to emotional baseline
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B. An invalidating environment
An invalidating environment communicates that what you are feeling, thinking, or doing doesn’t make sense or is considered inaccurate or an overreaction. Environments include parents, teachers, peers, therapists, coaches, and others. Sometimes there is a “poor fit” (e.g., temperament) between the person and the environment. The invalidating environment punishes or sometimes reinforces emotional displays and contributes to the person’s suppression or escalation of emotions, and sometimes leaves the person feeling confused and unable to trust one’s own emotional experiences (self-invalidation).
oVER TIME THIS COMINATION LEADS TO
Multiple Behavioral Problems
Chronic Emotional Dysregulation





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How do I know if DBT is right for me?

If you or a loved one has a History of intense and unstable interpersonal relationships, Impulsive behaviors such as shopping, gambling, promiscuity,Intense emotional reactions,

Black and white thinking (i.e. devaluation/idealization)
Self-harming behaviors / frequent suicidal ideation,
Substance use, Significant trauma history,or
Emotional avoidance coupled with impulsive behavior
DBT therapy might be the right fit!!