Dialectical behavior therapy comes from evidence-based treatment known as cognitive behavioral therapy. Developed in the 1980s as a way of treating borderline personality disorder, DBT is highly effective at treating substance abuse, as well as co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma/PTSD. This talk therapy approach is especially useful for teens, as it gives them the skills to regulate their emotions, live in the moment, improve their relationships, and tolerate negative emotions. These skills can be helpful not only on your teen’s recovery journey but also in all types of personal and professional relationships.
DBT is organized around the concept of dialectics — the premise that every situation is made up of opposites. These opposing forces create a balanced relationship or “dialogue.” Together, they allow change and acceptance. Meanwhile, dialectical behavior therapy is undergirded by three general principles:
With the help of our behavioral health experts, teens at Safe Landing will learn the four main strategies of dialectical behavioral health — for a more balanced, more fulfilling life.
Simply put, yes. In fact, our behavioral health team has extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy, and for people seeking substance abuse treatment for teens. Safe Landing has seen many of our clients discover better self-confidence and coping skills when they understand they control their emotions — not the other way around. Plus, we combine DBT with a number of other effective treatment modalities — such as trauma therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and wellness — for a complete, well-rounded approach. We’d love to talk with you and help you determine if DBT could be right for your child. Give us a call or, better yet, come by and visit us!