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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the Treatment of Mental Health

Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Creative Care

Therapists developed dialectical behavior therapy as a response to treatment-resistant conditions like borderline personality disorder and chronic suicidal ideation. It focuses on a synthesis of opposites: acceptance and change. Therapists guide clients towards a deeper understanding of their intense feelings and with this understanding comes acceptance. Much like in mindfulness interventions, clients begin to learn that they are not at the mercy of their feelings. They work to note them, accept them, and let them pass without reacting to them. In the process, they begin to develop stress tolerance and emotional regulation. As the clients learn acceptance of their emotions, they also begin to examine patterns of dysfunctional behavior that previously attended these feelings and ways they can change them. With their therapist, they develop healthy and positive alternatives.

The Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Research shows that dialectical behavior therapy is very effective in treating borderline personality disorder, succeeding where many other methodologies fail. A study by Stiglmayer et al revealed that 77% of participants no longer met the criteria for BPD after a course of treatment with DBT. However, the benefits of DBT extend beyond treatment-resistant disorders. A study by Pasieczny and Connor found that including DBT in treatment regimens for depression and anxiety resulted in significantly improved symptom severity scores compared to treatment as usual. Additionally, a meta-analysis by Panos et al showed that dialectical behavior therapy improves patient compliance. This is a particularly important factor when DBT is included as part of a holistic treatment program.

Be Heard. Be Nurtured. Be Healed.™

Creative Care features a biopsychosocial approach, delivered within a framework of evidence-based strategies like dialectical behavior therapy to help clients to identify and address mental health difficulties, understand interpersonal dynamics, and develop positive coping skills in place of dysfunctional behavior. A completely individualized treatment plan may also include:

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness interventions and meditation
  • Activities groups
  • Psychological and diagnostic testing
  • Family therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Attachment-based therapy
  • Art therapy
  • EMDR
  • Yoga

Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today.