Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a specific and well-researched subset of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that includes concepts and skills that are useful for those who are analytical and want a structured way to frame their experiences as well as those who deal with mood and emotion regulation issues, whether it's depression, anxiety, impulsivity, etc.
Because the "dialectical" portion of DBT allows more room for seemingly incompatible ideas, DBT can help people who have been confused when they have been told to "just get over it" or "stop thinking negative thoughts." This kind of cognitive adjustment may be sufficient for some clients but others may need a little more help with how to make our brains comply.
The structure of DBT encourages the client to participate individual therapy as well as a weekly group skills class that gives the client the opportunity to learn concrete skills in an emotionally distant but also safe atmosphere. Also, the group members learn from each other's experiences and support each other's learning process. These skills are then used by the individual therapist to teach the client how to apply the skills to the real world.
If you are interested in exploring how DBT can fit into your work and life or, if you or a loved one is struggling with a personality disorder diagnosis and want to know more about how DBT works, I am happy to set up a consultation with you with more detailed information.
For more background and detailed information about DBT, please visit https://linehaninstitute.org/.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder is an often misunderstood diagnosis that can result in difficulty finding the right therapist and support team. People who have been diagnosed with BPD or experience some of the symptoms along the BPD spectrum often struggle with emotion regulation, feelings of emptiness and a tendency to view the world in black and white terms, which can make it difficult to relate to other people.
Even individuals who appear to be quite high-functioning may still experience tumultuous interpersonal relationships that can cause significant distress and confusion. They may find themselves wondering why it seems easier for others to get their needs met or "get over" stressful events quicker.
If you have been diagnosed with a personality disorder or are interested in learning more about this diagnosis, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learning about a diagnosis, even if it does not end up being applicable, can often help give people a framework to examine their own experiences.
Couples and Family Therapy
Family Therapy can take many different structures and techniques but it will always focus on improving the relationship between family members. Family therapy can include both parents or just one, couples, and/or multiple generations. In my experience, even the most conflictual families can learn how to communicate more effectively more quickly in family sessions than individual sessions (and walk away from the session feeling connected and affectionate as well!).
It can be a logistical issue to gather multiple people when our lives are so busy. I accommodate my clients the best I can, including evening hours. Please email me at email@example.com for a consultation.
During my time at La Casa de las Madres, I worked with clients with many different experiences with domestic violence, whether the abuse was physical or emotional or both, whether the abuse was done by a spouse or another family member, whether the abuse was in the distant past or still ongoing. Survivors of domestic violence can often feel isolated and misunderstood. For support on these past and ongoing issues, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation.
If you or a loved one feels in danger, you can call the Crisis Support hotline, open 24/7: 877-503-1850.