6 Things You Can Expect From Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is becoming more commonly available.  With its spread, more people are referred to DBT therapists and groups and are considering entering DBT treatment.  But what is it?  If you enter treatment, what you can expect?  How will your therapist respond to you?  What will be the focus of the treatment?

There are three primary treatment activities in DBT.  These are individual therapy, group skills training and coaching in crisis situations.  Individual therapy and the skills training group usually meet each week, while coaching in crisis occurs as necessary.  Each of these 3 activities has specific goals and structure, which are usually explained to you at the beginning of treatment.  Regardless of whether it’s individual, group or a crisis, DBT treatment is comprised of the following 6 characteristics. Continue reading “6 Things You Can Expect From Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)” »

Exercises to Calm and Relax Your Body

Sometimes, in order to slow down and calm you mind, you have to first calm your body.  Emotion can affect our ability to think clearly and color our view of the world.  Racing thoughts and rumination are difficult to interrupt.  The weariness and dissatisfaction of shame can overpower common sense.  Anger and sadness skew our thoughts and interpretations toward the negative.  When you need to stop fighting reality and want to do what works, the best place to start may be with your body.

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