Dialectical Behavior Therapy New Jersey

An evidence-based psychotherapy initially developed by psychology professor and author Marsha Linehan to assist in treating patients with personality disorders.

Identifying thought patterns

Dialectical behavior therapy practitioners approach counseling sessions with the view that the patient has adopted a system of distorted thought patterns which manifest in dysfunctional and often self-destructive behavior. Suicidal tendencies, self-harm, and addictions are often examples of this.

By identifying these patterns and then tracing their origins, the therapist works with the patient to understand why they feel the way they do. They can then reframe these perceptions and create healthier methods of dealing with situations.
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How does DBT work?

DBT works to change a patient’s self-image and their view of the world using several key principles.

These include:

Core mindfulness

Based on Eastern meditation techniques. Patients develop an awareness of the present moment and focus objectively on themselves and the people around them. They learn to remove their irrational negative biases from situations, and respond in a healthy, positive way.

Interpersonal effectiveness

Helps to develop communication and interpersonal skills beneficial in creating healthy relationships with others and oneself. Learn to constructively work through conflict and positively express feelings or needs leads to empowerment and a more healthy sense of self.

Distress tolerance

Learn to cope with difficult situations without resorting to previously dysfunctional thinking. Helps patients stop themselves from reacting impulsively or resorting to self-harming behavior. Begin to understand that, there are some things that cannot be controlled.

Emotion regulation

Therapists assist patients to identify and label emotions without judging feelings. Allows a person to understand how emotions influence behavior, recognize things stopping them from managing themselves, and respond better to unsettling events.
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Implementing DBT for addiction

Using both one-on-one and sometimes group therapy, DBT emphasizes the partnership between the counselor, the patient, and those closest to them to help them form new ways of dealing with the world. Changing attitudes and expectations ultimately leads to a change in behavior away from old habits of self-harm, including substance abuse.

Proactive new strategies include:
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Learn to recognize and move toward healthy environments and social circles
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Removing triggers and negative influences from their lives
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Find new ways to boost self-image and focus on sobriety, even under pressure
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Supportive programs

Psyclarity Health New Jersey provides patient-centric programs incorporating a number of treatment modalities, including DBT, as part of its addiction therapy. Following successful completion of Acute Treatment Services to eliminate the physical effects of substance abuse, psychologists and counselors are able to concentrate on the psychological issues at the root of the problem. Psyclarity Health provides various programs to support its psychotherapeutic treatments. These are designed to teach coping skills, relaxation techniques, good health practices, and offer spiritual guidance, such as:
Life-Skills Courses
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Trauma Therapy
Family Therapy
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Stress Management Techniques
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Relapse Prevention Training
DBT techniques can also be integrated with activities such as:
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Art Therapy
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Music Sessions
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