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Dialectical-Behavioral  Therapy in Franklin, TN

It can be hard to feel like you’re living in the moment when you are constantly bogged down by feelings of stress, anxiety, and emotional turmoil. Issues such as borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, and substance use disorders can turn life into a constant battle of trying to cope with symptoms that just won’t ease up. These issues not only affect those experiencing the issue but also their loved ones and close acquaintances. 

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed primarily to treat clients with borderline personality disorder. In recent years, DBT has also proven effective for mood disorders, eating disorders, and as a treatment for depression. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques with the concepts of acceptance and mindful awareness. DBT is used to regulate emotions and help clients to better tolerate emotional distress. Clients learn more effective alternatives and coping skills by understanding what behaviors are damaging, self-sabotaging, counterproductive, or destructive and how to replace them with healthy habits and adaptive coping mechanisms. TalkDr Christian Counseling offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy right for you?

The goal of DBT is to reduce impulsive behavior, inappropriate anger, emotional outbursts, rage, anxiety, addictive behaviors, and destructive habits. DBT helps you utilize effective coping skills to deal with patterns of unstable, intense, and volatile interpersonal relationships. Through the use of DBT techniques, you will be able to improve social functioning and develop the skills necessary to deal with life issues by incorporating a more positive attitude and adaptive skills to enjoy more satisfying relationships. 


What to expect during Dialectical Behavior Therapy Treatment?

DBT treatment typically consists of individual therapy sessions and DBT skills groups. Individual therapy sessions consist of one-on-one contact with a trained therapist, ensuring that all therapeutic needs are being addressed. The individual therapist will help the patient stay motivated, apply the DBT skills within daily life, and address obstacles that might arise over the course of treatment.

DBT skills group participants learn and practice skills alongside others. Members of the group are encouraged to share their experiences and provide mutual support. Groups are led by one trained therapist teaching skills and leading exercises. The group members are then assigned homework, such as practicing mindfulness exercises. Each group session lasts approximately two hours, and groups typically meet weekly for six months. Groups can be shorter or longer, depending on the needs of the group members. DBT can be delivered by therapists in many ways. For instance, some people complete the one-on-one therapy sessions without attending the weekly skills group. Others might choose the group without regular one-on-one sessions.

The first step toward seeing if DBT can help you, your child or your loved one is to talk to a therapist. Contact TalkDr Christian Counseling in Franklin, Tennessee for a free 15-minute phone consultation: email us or call 615-985-TALK

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