A Multitude of Therapeutic Modalities

Creative Care is a psychoanalytic, attachment-focused place that uses behavioral modification tools and cognitive restructuring tools to deepen and expand a client’s recovery. A few weeks ago, we described one of those tools in our blog about cognitive behavioral therapy, a cornerstone of mental health treatment. This week we’re going to take that discussion a step further by taking a look at a modification of CBT: dialectical behavior therapy. We have found that DBT-informed therapy is particularly effective at treating trauma and borderline personality disorder, as well as other mental health conditions that feature emotional dysregulation.

 

Examining Thoughts and Behaviors

As we said above, dialectical behavior therapy is an augmentation of CBT which is itself a synthesis of both cognitive and behavior therapies. Behavior therapy has its beginnings in the early 20th century and focuses on action. That is, if one takes X action, one gets Y as a result. The goal of behavior therapy is to uncover this relationship and adjust it for the optimal effect. Cognitive therapy also began in the early 20th century and examines thinking patterns. On their own, behavior therapy and cognitive therapy were ineffective at treating depression. However, therapists in the 1980s started combining them with excellent results. Thus, cognitive behavioral therapy was born, becoming the leading form of treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. At the same time, just as CBT arose from a need, dialectical behavior therapy evolved as a response to treatment-resistant conditions.

 

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotional Regulation, and Distress Tolerance

Therapists initially developed DBT to treat chronically suicidal individuals as well as clients suffering from borderline personality disorder. The “dialectical” in the name refers to the synthesis of opposites. In the therapeutic sense, those opposites are “acceptance” and “change”. On one hand, our clients start to take a look at their intense feelings and begin working to understand and accept them. Here, mindfulness techniques are especially effective in treating trauma. Clients learn to note their feelings without judgment and move on without reaction. This promotes emotional regulation and distress tolerance. At the same time, DBT includes change strategies. Therapists and clients analyze patterns of maladaptive behaviors and devise problem-solving techniques. Clients develop coping skills and get to practice them in a safe, supportive environment.

 

Innovative, Creative Care

Creative Care strives to help our clients achieve validation and acceptance of themselves as they are while simultaneously helping them change their dysfunctional behaviors. Since 1989, we have helped hundreds of men and women overcome their mental health difficulties with cutting-edge, compassionate care. Our fully equipped staff includes a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, and counselors. They’re all expertly trained to treat the whole person as a person, attacking the condition from all angles. We work as a team to create your ideal recovery plan. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, start the recovery process today. Call Creative Care at 855-954-0762.