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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

At Shoreline, one of the many treatments we utilize is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which includes a range of strategies. Learning about it and its essential elements helps prospective clients understand what they can expect during treatment.

DBT is a skills-based type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The primary goals of DBT include helping individuals regulate their emotions, have more successful interpersonal relationships, increase their distress tolerance, and be more mindful of their thoughts, feelings, and environment. Though it was originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT is also effective in treating substance abuse as well as a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Shoreline

Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare’s AVP of Clinical Services, Kate Fisch, LCSW, discusses DBT at Shoreline.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Components

Treatment In Stages

At Shoreline, there are four stages of DBT treatment. What happens during each stage depends on each client’s behaviors. There’s not a set time frame for each stage so that each client can progress at their own pace with our therapists providing support.

Skills Training

Learning skills and how to apply them in everyday situations is a vital component of our DBT program. Most of the skills training occur in a class-like group setting, during which clients have homework every week to practice the skills in real life.
At Shoreline, we also utilize other types of behavioral therapies based on each client’s needs and their individualized treatment plan, including:
To learn more about the eating disorder treatment programs at Shoreline, call us today at (562) 434-6007.
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