A DBT Therapist is your partner on your journey toward a life worth living. You are in the driver’s seat to decide your goals of therapy and how you will get there. You will find a validating environment and the assumption that you are doing the best you can.
A DBT therapist balances the key concepts of Acceptance vs. Change in their work with clients. The therapist does the dance of when to allow the client space in a non-judgmental environment and when to push the client.
DBT includes the following: DBT skills training group (weekly), individual (or family) therapy (weekly), and telephone phone coaching between sessions. If a program does not include these elements, it is not DBT.
1. People are doing the best they can; people also want to improve.
2. People need to try harder, do better, and be more motivated.
3. People may not have caused all of their problems – but they need to solve them anyway.
4. New behavior has to be learned in all relevant contexts (work, home, friendships, etc.)
5. All behaviors are caused. Changing the causes of behavior is more effective than judging the behaviors.
The term “dialectic” refers to opposites. In Dialectical Behavior Therapy, we consider many dialectics (two opposite things that can be true at the same time) with the purpose of finding a middle path. Some commonly discussed dialectics include:
Acceptance vs. Change
Emotion Mind vs. Rational Mind
Fun vs. Responsibility