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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Specialist

Southlake Counseling

Mental Health Counseling & Psychologists/Therapists located in Davidson, NC & Charlotte, NC

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) has a well-documented history of helping clients resolve a variety of issues ranging from anxiety and eating disorders to personality disorders and depression. At Southlake Counseling, in Charlotte and Davidson, North Carolina, Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW, and the team offer DBT to help you develop the skills you need to manage your mental health. Call Southlake Counseling or schedule a consultation online today for personalized counseling services to help you thrive.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical behavior therapy or DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that helps you develop the skills and strategies to manage negative and self-destructive thoughts and feelings, and adjust your behavioral responses. 

Dialectics is a philosophy that everything is composed of opposites, and that change occurs when one of the opposites is stronger than the other. DBT helps you focus on acceptance and change in your own life.

DBT helps you build your skills in four core areas: core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance. 

Core mindfulness

Learning to live in the moment and be mindful is one of the most important skills you develop in dialectical behavior therapy. Mindfulness helps you develop the skills to reduce the time you spend worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.

Interpersonal effectiveness

DBT also helps you develop communication skills and assertiveness. You learn to communicate clearly and confidently without fear of rejection or getting into an argument.

Emotional regulation

DBT also helps you develop strategies to cope with negative or distressing emotions. You practice reducing the intensity of your feelings and strategies to enhance your overall emotional experience.

Distress tolerance

You also develop distress tolerance skills, including distraction, self-soothing, improving the movement, and thinking of pros and cons to help you cope with stressful situations.

What conditions improve with DBT?

The team at Southlake Counseling uses dialectical behavior therapy to help you cope with a wide range of mental health issues. 

Initially, the development and focus of DBT were to help women cope with a borderline personality disorder; today, mental health professionals implement DBT programs to help you cope with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Addiction
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other personality disorders

Dialectical behavior therapy is a practical approach to change your behavioral responses to negative thoughts and feelings and curtail self-destructive behaviors. DBT can help you balance self-acceptance and change to bring about positive change in your life. 

What should I expect from a dialectical behavior therapy program?

At Southlake Counseling, you commit to an initial eight weeks of therapy with an option to complete the full 24-week DBT program. For the greatest benefit, the team may recommend you repeat the 24-week program, resulting in one year of therapy.

The DBT program includes weekly individual therapy sessions as well as group meetings where you learn and practice strategies in the four core areas. The team at Southlake Counseling also provides 24-hour as-needed phone support and an on-going team-based therapeutic approach.

Call Southlake Counseling or make an appointment online to learn more about dialectical behavior therapy and how it can help you.