Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy used to treat behavioral disorders. At Midwest Detox Center in Maumee, OH, our highly experienced clinical staff works with clients in a goal-driven, supportive, and collaborative environment to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment in Ohio. Our dialectical behavior therapy program focuses on psychosocial treatment methods, allowing clients to develop the skills to properly manage their emotions.
Benefits of a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
DBT is commonly used as a form of treatment for clients with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. At Midwest Detox Center, you will learn how to focus on facts instead of emotions. This will give you the ability to respond to difficult situations without destructive thoughts.
DBT has many benefits including but not limited to:
- Learning behavior skills for mood-dependent life choices
- Increasing self-respect
- Assisting in goal setting
- Decreasing suicidal or harmful behavior
- Learning how to manage extreme mood swings
DBT Treatment Methods
According to Behavioral Tech, DBT is most successful because while most psychotherapies only have one aspect of treatment, DBT has four. You can benefit from DBT regardless of having a mental illness. Learning how to effectively manage your emotions can lead to better relationships and a happier life. Midwest Detox Center’s DBT program uses four sets of behavioral skills to help you better manage your emotions:
Mindfulness is defined by Oxford’s Dictionary as a mental state achieved by focusing on one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Our DBT program uses the mindfulness method to learn how to become more aware of your emotions and why you feel, react, or think. The goal is to notice what you are thinking and feeling without allowing yourself to get caught up in it. Knowing the emotions that you are feeling allows you to control those emotions.
At Midwest Detox Center, our dialectal behavior therapy program in OH teaches distress tolerance skills or reality acceptance. Fighting the reality of a situation causes unnecessary harm and suffering. By learning how to accept painful events, you can manage your heightened emotions in a crisis. This will teach you how to accept the reality of a situation that cannot be changed.
Learning distress tolerance is particularly beneficial in preventing relapse after drug and alcohol detox.
Interpersonal effectiveness is a method used to teach clients how to be more objective in certain situations. Our program will teach you strategies for how to better manage interpersonal interactions in problematic or emotionally vulnerable situations.
For instance, you may be able to describe how a situation should be handled by another individual. But if you were put into the same situation, you become incapable of carrying out the same behaviors that you suggested.
This part of our program will teach you how to regulate your emotions using a number of behavioral therapy skills. By learning how to identify and label your emotions, you will be able to reduce emotional vulnerability and decrease your emotional suffering. You will learn the important distinction between primary and secondary emotions and what triggers them.
What Happens in DBT?
Our treatment programs aim to increase overall emotional stability both independently and in our client’s relationships. At Midwest Detox Center in OH, our program has two main components:
Individual Psychotherapy Sessions
Our professional clinical staff will work with you individually to problem-solve any issues or behavioral troubles you had that week. The therapist will teach and reinforce adaptive behaviors and work toward improving social skills. The goal is to enhance the client’s self-respect and self-image.
Group Therapy Sessions
In a dialectical behavior therapy program, the therapist will focus on interpersonal relationships and social skills with your peers. Our program uses four treatment methods to increase skills in communication. By using this combination of treatment methods, we work with our clients to help them understand why they are feeling and acting as they are in certain situations. You will identify your strengths and build on them to make you feel better about your life.
Other benefits of group therapy include:
- Ability to gain insight and companionship from peers
- Better learned communication skills
- Gain a support system
- Knowing that you’re not alone on your journey to healing
Midwest Detox Center’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
A dialectical behavior treatment program can be an excellent way to learn how to manage extreme emotions. Finding the program that is right for you is important for developing successful social skills.