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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in NYC, NJ, FL

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was created as a complete and empirically-based treatment method for borderline personality disorder, but it also effectively treats an array of other mental health problems. A form of talk therapy, DBT therapy in New York City works in individual sessions or in group sessions. While similar to other cognitive-behavioral approaches, DBT is a specialized method of treating patients. At Online Psychiatrists, your therapist teaches you the wisdom of acceptance through DBT’s four core principles of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. Call today to learn more.


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What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy, known as DBT, offers patients with mental health issues many useful tools to combat painful emotions and improve your conflict management skills. At Online Psychiatrists, you have access to medical therapists trained in DBT. They use this technique in both group settings and individual therapy sessions to target your behavioral problems.

Developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. in the 1980s, this subset of cognitive behavior therapy teaches you useful strategies to temper strong emotions and more effectively handle conflict. The word dialectic refers to the philosophy of balancing opposites. Most people struggling with mental health concerns tend to think in black and white, good and evil and polar opposites.

Available in Florida, New Jersey and New York (NYC), Online Psychiatrists helps adults aged 19 to 65 stay motivated and accountable while acknowledging the progress they’re making. After learning techniques from this talk therapy, you can apply your new DBT skills in your daily life. What you learn helps you overcome any obstacles that arise during and after treatment.

Why Should I Seek DBT Therapy?

DBT teaches you simple, practical and daily skills to modulate your mood and behavior. Doing so, it effectively treats several types of mental health problems and mood disorders.

Some of the most common disorders it addresses include:

  • Bulimia and binge-eating
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD)

The primary goal of DBT (Dialectical behavior therapy) in NYC is to give you the tools to help you respond to everyday stress with healthy and positive responses. It teaches you practical techniques that apply to several different types of conditions. By participating in DBT, you learn how to:

  • Regulate emotions and tolerate negative emotions
  • Modify stressful situations
  • Increase mindfulness
  • Enhance effective communication
  • Practice assertiveness
  • Increase self-respect
  • Enhance healthy relationships

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What Skills Can I Expect to Learn with DBT?

Dialectical behavior therapy helps you understand that nearly everyone can hold opposite perspectives at any point in time. During your therapy, you learn methods to accept these opposites in yourself and in others. In day-to-day situations, you begin to foster a “both mentality” that encourages acceptance and then allows you to change and grow. During your therapy, you learn the four core skills of DBT:

  • Mindfulness. As you become more aware of your emotions and thoughts, you eventually learn to observe yourself and your surroundings without judgment. Through this acceptance, you come to understand the mental and physical stimuli in life that tend to elicit extreme emotions. Your control over these unwanted emotions grows, and you develop the essential skill of mindfulness, which brings greater awareness to the here-and-now.
  • Emotional regulation. This skill helps you diminish or change unproductive emotions, create or enhance positive emotions, and gain greater control of your feelings in general. Greater control over your feelings enables you to make them work for you in a productive and healthy way. For example, instead of brewing in anger, you learn to redirect that anger toward a positive effort to help your community rectify an injustice.
  • Distress tolerance. This skill teaches you to better cope with pain and stressful situations, while increasing your resilience and confidence. You can improve some of life’s painful conditions, but others are ordinary and unavoidable parts of life. If you can’t change your predicament, DBT teaches you to understand, tolerate, accept and move on. As your understanding grows, you learn how your painful situations resemble the experiences of others. Once you put your distress into perspective, you acquire the coping skills to deal effectively with life.

What Are the Benefits of DBT Therapy?

Intrapersonal and interpersonal skills usually aren’t taught to people as they grow and mature. Instead, you learn them informally through socializing and family life. Unfortunately, some of the techniques you acquired in the school of hard knocks may have resulted in excessive anger, significant depression or destructive actions towards relationships. Improving those skills help you:

  • Manage emotions
  • Feel more in control
  • Decrease conflict
  • Find the healthiest means of getting your needs met
  • Give to those you care for in your family and community

With dialectical behavior therapy, you can master these basic behavior strategies. Not only does DBT help you regain a sense of control, but you also acquire a better comprehension of your triggers and how to manage them. Contact Online Psychiatrists today and take the first step in controlling your own destiny.

Updated on May 3, 2022 by Dr. Zlatin Ivanov (Psychiatrist ) of Online Psychiatrists

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