DBT Therapy

DBT Therapy in Austin, TX

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, often referred to as DBT, is a highly effective cognitive behavioral therapy that helps you transform their negative thought patterns into positive behavior changes. It can help you better manage your emotions through developing skills in mindfulness, increasing distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The process teaches you to manage the difficult emotions that may have led you to use drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism.

DBT therapy is an evidence-based treatment option for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. We’re proud to offer it as part of our holistic approach to drug and alcohol treatment. To learn more about DBT therapy and how it can benefit you, call (512) 566-3050 or email info@newhoperanch.com with your questions.

How DBT Therapy Works

DBT therapy works on changing the way clients view things in an effort to find balance. It addresses the “all or nothing” mentality many people have to promote a mentality where opposite perspectives exist. DBT encourages you to complete therapy exercises, role-play relationship problems, and learn about key DBT skills.

History of DBT Therapy

DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1980s as a way to treat borderline personality disorder. Since then, DBT therapy has been used to treat substance use disorder, eating disorders, PTSD, and depression. It has proven to be especially effective in treating individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders.

What to Expect from DBT Therapy

DBT therapy takes place in the form of individual therapy and in skills groups. In individual therapy, your therapist will work with you on staying motivated, learning about DBT, and coming up with strategies to manage emotions and achieve more mindfulness. In DBT skills group, you can expect to learn about and practice DBT skills in a group setting where a trained therapists guides you through exercises. This can include mindfulness exercises or lectures where you learn about skills. DBT often involves homework assignments, where you’ll be expected to work through exercises outside of therapy and bring in completed assignments to discuss.

Why Choose New Hope Ranch for DBT Therapy

New Hope Ranch has highly trained staff members with knowledge of applying DBT therapy within drug and alcohol treatment. We have successfully worked with hundreds of individuals using DBT therapy to help them cope with their emotions, achieve mindfulness, and stay sober. Our residential program offers a beautiful setting to undergo an intensive DBT therapy program with other clients who face similar challenges.

DBT therapy can be the tool that makes the difference in your recovery. It is one of the therapies at New Hope Ranch that helps clients achieve long lasting sobriety and develop the life skills they need to cope with anything that comes up in their life after treatment. If you’re ready to take the next steps toward drug and alcohol treatment, call (512) 566-3050 or email info@newhoperanch.com for more information about our innovative and holistic program.

DBT Frequently Asked Questions

How does DBT therapy work?

DBT therapy focuses on improving life skills such as distress tolerance (learning to handle intense emotion without impulsive or self-harming behavior), emotion regulation (understanding, recognizing, and effectively adjusting to emotions), mindfulness (being more aware of others as well as yourself and being present in the moment), and interpersonal effectiveness (navigating relationship with others and effectively handling conflict). These skills are taught and practiced so that the patient will be able to apply them throughout their lifetime.

What are the four stages of DBT?

Stage 1: addresses the severest of harmful behaviors, such as self-injury or suicide attempts.

Stage 2: addresses the quality of life skills listed above: distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Stage 3: addresses improving self-esteem and relationships.

Stage 4: addresses increased connections with others and finding joy in life.

How long does DBT take to work?

DBT therapy requires a minimum of 6 months, but may take longer to effectively learn the life skills that are taught and to make lasting changes in behavior. The duration is not the same for everyone; it differs with each individual because no two people are facing the same issues.

How is DBT different than CBT therapy?

DBT is actually very similar to CBT, but with a greater emphasis on relationships. DBT also focuses on validation, helping the patient see that their experiences are real and how to accept who they are. Both are considered talk therapy, where the patient talks about their thoughts and feelings with a therapist who helps them to change harmful thought patterns into positive thoughts and behaviors. DBT is designed for patients with more severe self-harming tendencies, taking the principles of CBT a bit further. 

Do you have more questions? Call (512) 566-3050 today. 

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