Blurb about evidence-based treatments.
We specialize in: and treat adolescents, young adults, and adults in every facet of life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is…
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Psychological + Education Testing
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is…
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DBT to treat > Trauma, EMDR?, Daring Way?,
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“My problems are severe and I don’t believe therapy will work for me…”
Our DBT therapists have extensive specialized training in DBT skills, assumptions, and protocol. This includes treating multiple types of problem behaviors, including suicidal thinking, impulsive behavior, self-harm, and problems regulating emotions.
“This program sounds like a lot of work and I still have commitments and things in my life I have to handle…”
It is difficult work, learning how to accept and change different behaviors, attending skills groups, and structured individual therapy. DBT is an intense outpatient treatment and at the same time, it’s designed to keep you functioning in your life (not removing you from it to do treatment elsewhere). Your DBT therapist is committed to working with you on the goal of a life worth living, if you are willing to make a commitment to DBT.
The DBT program consists of:
If the treatment doesn’t include all four components below, it’s NOT DBT.
therapy focused on specific behaviors, increasing motivation and to help clients apply the DBT skills to specific challenges and events in their lives. Clients are expected to track their behaviors and emotions between sessions. Individual therapy takes place once a week for as long as the client is in the DBT program.
Group Skills Training
focused on enhancing clients’ capabilities by teaching them multiple behavioral skills organized in modules. The group meets on a weekly basis for 2 hours for one year. Why one year? Because it takes this long to complete all the modules twice and is the accepted length of treatment for DBT to be effective.
focused on providing clients within-themoment coaching on how to use skills to effectively cope with difficult situations that arise in their everyday lives. Clients can call their individual therapist between sessions to receive coaching at the times when they need help the most.
is clinical consultation for and between DBT therapists to help ensure DBT treatment being provided is effective and consistent with the principles of the DBT model. It’s where DBT therapists apply the treatment to each other and gain support.
DBT Skills Modules:
Mindfulness: The practice of being fully aware and present in the current moment. This is a strong foundation to DBT treatment as mindfulness skills are an essential component of all the other skills taught.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: This module focuses on having effective relationships, including building healthy relationships, maintaining self-respect, and being effective in asking for what you want, while also saying “no” effectively.
Emotion Regulation: What are the functions of emotions? This module focuses on the function of emotion, learning to understand and name emotions, decrease unwanted emotions, decrease vulnerability to emotions, and decrease emotional suffering. In other words: regulate (change) emotions if you want to.
Distress Tolerance: These skills are focused on crisis survival: how to cope with painful emotions and experiences without making them worse. In crisis, it’s difficult not to act impulsively: these skills are to help at those times.
Walking the Middle Path (adolescent group only): This module is focused on avoiding parent/teen extremes, learning how to validate (understand) others, and how to increase behaviors you want, while decreasing behaviors you don’t want.
How do I make a referral?
You or your therapist may call the office to make a referral for the DBT Program.
What is the intake process like?
When you call the office a clinical assistant will begin the intake process.
Do I need to change my individual therapist?
For adolescents, yes. For adults, possibly. While you are in the DBT program your individual therapist must be trained in DBT, therefore that may mean transitioning individual therapists to a member of our treatment team while you are in the DBT program. Once DBT treatment is completed, clients may elect to continue with a DBT therapist or return to their previous individual therapist.
Schedule An Intake Appointment:
Our clinical assistant can help you in finding out if the DBT Program is the right fit for your needs. If you are interested in scheduling an intake appointment please call the office to see if your insurance covers this treatment approach. If you have further questions regarding the services offered at Beach Therapy & Consulting please either call us at 757-340-6100 or fill out the online contact form.