Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral approach that emphasizes the bio-psychosocial aspects of treatment. The basic premise of DBT is that some people are prone to experience emotions more intensely and react in more extreme manners to help regulate these emotions.
Primary Characteristics of DBT
- Strengths-based: DBT therapists work with clients to identify their personal strengths and help build on them to increase self-confidence.
- Cognitive-based: Thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that make life more difficult are explored. Many people who come to DBT are stuck in “black and white” thinking—things are either all good or they are all bad. “I can only be loved if I am perfect.” “If I get mad then I am bad.” DBT helps to reframe these false beliefs and assumptions so that we can feel better about ourselves a better manage our emotions and behavioral responses.
- Skills-focus: DBT teaches clients hands-on tools that are practiced in everyday life, which means homework is often assigned by the therapist. Some of these skills include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Who Can Benefit from DBT?
Adolescents and adults who experience:
- Ongoing conflicts in relationships
- Intense and rapid mood changes
- Inability to relax
- Trouble stuffing emotions, then “blowing up” at others
- Impulsive or reactive decisions you often regret
- Spending too much
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Avoiding responsibilities, people, or events
- “Numbing out” in response to fear, anger, etc.
Traditional DBT is a very structured program that usually involves intensive group and individual meetings. At Calli, we offer an alternative approach that is more flexible and adaptable for clients who do not need an intensive approach but would still benefit from learning DBT skills. Our DBT therapists offer skills training during individual sessions. This is an excellent compliment for those who are either familiar with DBT because they have either completed a formal program in the past or are currently attending a group but do not have an individual therapist. Calli also sponsors a group for adolescents that is led by Kari Lyn Wampler, LMFT, called Core Skills.
We are located near the intersection of Zachary Lane & Weaver Lake Road in Maple Grove. We are easily accessible to those in the surrounding communities of Osseo, Rogers, Plymouth, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, and Minneapolis. We welcome you to our office and look forward to knowing you!