DBT in Washington, D.C.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Healing from Emotional Pain

How Can DBT Help Me?

Life can be full of challenges that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and distressed. Emotional pain can significantly affect our lives and hinder our ability to function. 

This is where Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help. We provide DBT in-person for residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Reach out to us to find out if we have current openings with a clinician who specializes in DBT.

What is DBT?

DBT is an evidence-based therapy focussing on treating a range of emotional difficulties. It is grounded in the connection of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.  DBT uses individual therapy and skills training.  This approach helps individuals develop new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

At its core DBT focuses on the “dialectic” in life of acceptance and change.  This theory emphasizes the importance of balancing these to facilitate growth and healing.

Goals of DBT

Emotion Regulation

DBT focuses on  individuals learning to regulate their emotions effectively.  

People who struggle with emotional pain often find themselves overwhelmed.  

DBT teaches individuals how to identify and manage their emotions in healthy ways.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT also teaches individuals how to communicate effectively and assertively. 

People who experience intense emotions often have difficulty expressing themselves clearly.  This can lead to difficulties in relationships. DBT teaches individuals how to assert themselves while maintaining healthy relationships with others.

Managing Distress

Emotional pain can sometimes lead to unhealthy coping through self-destructive behaviors. These include struggles with self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or substance abuse. DBT teaches coping skills to use to curb these behaviors and lead to a more stable and fulfilling life.

Benefits of DBT

  • Develop mindfulness skills to stay present in the moment
  • Manage mood swings
  • Increase ability to cope with difficult situations and emotions
  • Improve communication and relationships
  • Promote self-respect and self-acceptance
  • Encourage positive changes in behavior and attitudes
  • Help individuals to find meaning and purpose in life

Is DBT Right for You?

DBT may be a good option for you if one of more of the following describe you:

  • Experience intense emotional pain
  • Have difficulty managing emotions
  • Engage in or have a history of self-destructive behaviors or thoughts
  • Experience challenges developing and maintaining relationships
  • Need a better way to manage life challenges

Contact Us

It’s important to work with a licensed therapist with training in DBT to determine if it’s the right fit for you. Our DBT trained therapists are here to help.  Contact us for a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of our DBT trained therapists. We’re here to help you on your journey towards emotional well-being.

Contact us today about finding a therapist who is a fit for you.

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