Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Life Skills for Living a Regulated Life
Have you ever wished that there was a class on how to manage life– the ebbs and the flows, the relationships, the emotional or distressing moments? It would be a class that teaches how to manage those difficult situations or inner distressing moments. It could even teach how to manage those strained relationships. It would be a class that teaches how to be healthier at living. There is good news.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is just that. It combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with concepts from Eastern philosophy combined with behavioralism. It is chalked full of new skills for staying emotionally regulated. DBT therapy has four skill modules including Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Within each of these modules is a litany of skills that are taught in real life and for real life. Participants practice these skills daily. Participants often track and then process how each skill works. When processing the new experiences, you may develop inner wisdom and guidance to manage life in a way that gives you some clear-cut directions at how to make better choices in stressful and uncomfortable situations. Applying these skills allows for increased ability to handle uncomfortable moments and increases tolerance in relationships in general.
Each of the therapists at Wholeness Healing Center are trained in DBT. We also offer DBT groups and are starting our women’s DBT group again. This group will be on Tuesday mornings starting September 7th, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and can be attended via zoom or in-person. This group is educational and skills-based and not a therapeutic group. Participants are asked to be in individual therapy with someone that is trained in DBT. The participants are asked to commit to 25 weeks as it takes that long to integrate the skills into your life. This is an open-ended group so people can start at any point in the group. It is $35 a session and is often covered by health insurance.
If you are looking for ways to manage life better, this group is highly recommended. It can be life-changing. Call our office for more information or to put your name on the list. 308.382.5297.
Tags: DBT Group, DBT Skills, Distress Tollerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectivness, Life Skills, Mindfulness
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
- Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.
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