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A Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of treatment that helps people learn healthy ways of managing intense emotions, relationships, and stress. Though often used in the treatment of people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, DBT has been a component in treatment plans for several types of mental health disorders.

You or a loved one may benefit from dialectical behavioral therapy if you experience:

  • Thoughts of self-harm and cutting
  • Impulsive decision making
  • Intense emotional outbursts
  • Black-and-white thinking
  • Jumping from one crisis to another
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Inability to see how actions affect others

DBT is one of the psychological services offered at Tina A. Watson & Associates, LLC. Call us at (404) 800-4977 today if you would like an appointment.

What You Should Know About DBT

DBT operates under the assumption that the patient in need of it has trouble regulating their emotions. This is part of why it is critically important that patients have a very personalized form of therapy. The emotions patients experience are not “wrong” or “bad”, but the intensity with which they respond to them can make it difficult for them to live the kind of life they want to live.

Patients undergoing DBT are encouraged to make their own goals. What do you want to achieve through this therapy? What aspects of your life are you looking to improve? What kind of relationships do you want to have with others? DBT typically involves homework that provides patients with a chance to practice what they learn out in the world. Most programs also involve a combination of individual therapy sessions and group therapy sessions led by a DBT therapist.

The Four Components of DBT

There are four primary components to DBT:

  • Mindfulness – Learning how to observe and process the world around you and your own experiences in ways that allow you to think calmly and make rational decisions.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – Learning better ways to interact with people, including managing interpersonal conflicts and feeling more comfortable saying “no”.
  • Distress Tolerance – Learning how to react to distressing situations without resorting to extreme emotional reactions.
  • Emotion Regulation – Learning how to identify and label emotions in order to regulate them.

Dr. Watson is passionate about helping individuals learn and utilize dialectical behavioral techniques to manage intense emotions, develop tolerance for distress, learn ways to manage crises and suicidal thoughts, and improve relationships.

Feel free to contact Dr. Watson to set up an initial consultation at (404) 800-4977.

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