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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy that brings results and hope to many young people and their families who are struggling with various mental health related challenges. This approach combines the effective techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with the Eastern methods of Mindfulness & Acceptance skills. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, DBT was designed to address problems in regulating emotions, behaviors, and thinking.

Emotions
  • Heightened emotional sensitivity
  • Rapid & intense emotional reactions
  • Slow return to normal mood
  • Ongoing problems with depression, anxiety, anger or anger expression
Behavior
  • Self-harm behaviors (cutting, burning, etc)
  • Relationships difficulties (sensitivity to criticism, disapproval, rejection or abandonment)
  • Repeated suicide attempts or threats
  • Impulsive and potentially self-harmful behavior (substance abuse, excessive spending, gambling, promiscuity, binge eating/purging)
Thinking
  • Extreme(black/white) thinking
  • Unstable sense of self or self-image
  • Difficulty with problem-solving and decision-making
  • "dissociation" ranging from mild problems with inattention to episodes of complete "detachment"

DBT will teach you skills to help you:
  • Keep your relationships healthy
  • Control your urges and emotions
  • Control your attention (stop obsessing about the past and worrying about the future)
  • Tolerate emotional pain without resorting to self-destructive behaviors

For more information on DBT, you are referred to the following review articles:

If you or someone you know could benefit from these kinds of services, please call (914.714.4653) or email (info@ebtWestchester.com).
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