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What is DBT?

One form of talk therapy is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).  Although it is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), it has been modified especially for those who experience emotions strongly.

DBT can help teenage girls by helping them to:

  • Recognize and embrace challenging emotions
  • Learn how to control emotions
  • Develop the capacity to transform their life for the better.

The “dialectical” in DBT refers to the process of attempting to reconcile seemingly incompatible ideas. For instance, it could seem paradoxical to accept oneself while yet modifying your behavior.  However, DBT emphasizes that you may accomplish both of these objectives at once.

Suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors may be treated with DBT.  It gives patients the tools they need to deal with bad behaviors and stop them.  People who have trouble controlling and regulating their emotions benefit greatly from DBT. DBT can be performed in either group or individual therapy sessions.

DBT has demonstrated efficacy in the management of a variety of mental health problems, including:

  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Drug abuse
  • Eating disorders, including bulimia and binge eating disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

It’s crucial to highlight that each of these disorders is regarded to be linked to problems that come from inappropriate or problematic attempts to manage strong, unpleasant emotions, which is why DBT has been successful in treating. DBT assists people in discovering more beneficial coping mechanisms rather than relying on actions that are problematic for the individual.

The major objective of therapists who employ dialectical behavior therapy is to establish a balance between the advantages of change and the validation (acceptance) of who you are as well as your obstacles.  At Evangelhouse, the primary therapist will work with your daughter to develop fresh techniques for better emotion control.

DBT may be beneficial if your daughter struggles to control her emotions; they are intense or explosive; she frequently experiences mood swings; her relationships feel like a roller coaster; she feels depressed or hopeless; she’s tried other therapies but they didn’t work; her life feels chaotic or unfulfilling; or she uses unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress or overwhelming emotions, such as drugs or unprotected sex.

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