In addition to anxiety therapy services at Orlando Thrive Therapy we have multiple therapists who are trained and specialize in DBT.
DBT stands for dialectical behavioral therapy, with its root in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy, which we tend to use for anxiety), it offers a different perspective for clinicians and the client. DBT utilizes behavioral changes for those that suffer from addictive, self-harming/deprecating behaviors.
DBT thrives off the principle of acceptance of both good and bad things. For example: I love my husband but sometimes I hate him. DBT extends the reach to remove "but's" from out vocabulary, and that two oppositions can co-exist peacefully in our clients. I love my husband and sometimes I hate him. This is based off realism and acceptance of two poles.
It uncovers shame at it's core, identifies triggers and how they are impacting others. It focuses on how we cope, and how we communicate emotions, or simply how we don't correctly communicate our emotions. We feel shame but express anger. DBT teaches validation of self and others, acceptance, mindfulness and emotional regulation tools, while utilizing the behavioral skills of CBT to match it. You can expect sessions to be comprised of problem solving negative behaviors, emotional shifting and embracing what is, whether it feels good or bad, and how to accept both equally.
The ideal DBT candidate suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD,) engages in self-harming behaviors, or deals with self-harming ideations. The ideal client has a hard time coping with negative thoughts or perceived negative emotions. The client has trouble accepting both the good and bad in their life. In our opinion, most people can benefit from the skills and perceptions of DBT informed therapy. Each therapist can help guide their client to better coping and a better world-view in organized, interactive sessions that leave you feeling validated and with a to-do list.
For more information, contact a therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy today.