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What is DBT? How does it work? Can it help me?

What is DBT?  How does it work?  Can it help me?

The Queen of DBT

At Anchor Counseling Center, Inc. in RI we offer individuals Dialectical Behavior Therapy or better known as DBT.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1970’s, is a modification of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that focuses its main goals on teaching clients how to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others and their inner self. DBT can be used to treat a number of mental health conditions including those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, those who have suicidal thoughts and feelings, and those who exhibit self-destructive behavior such as eating disorders and substance abuse. DBT works on the foundations of radical acceptance of the self and validation of client’s capabilities and behavioral functioning.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy works in four stages: Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness, Interpersonal effectiveness and Distress tolerance.

Stage one: Emotional Regulation- seeks to regulate client’s emotions by teaching them techniques and giving them tools to regain control of their behaviors. This stage will help the client develop healthy coping skills to dealing with their emotions. The main goal of this stage is to help clients stop self-harmful behaviors or behaviors that interfere with their logical thought process.

Stage Two: Mindfulness -seeks to help the client focus on experiencing their emotions. This stage teaches clients to completely experience all of their emotions without the feeling of losing control.

Stage Three: Interpersonal Effectiveness- seeks to help clients deal with everyday life, its stressors and accepting them for what they are. This stage expands on working to have more successful relationships, careers and social lives by really understanding the self and accepting the inner you.

Stage Four: Distress Tolerance-seeks to reintegrate and connect the client to their everyday world. This is the stage clients will use what have learned in stages 1-3 and put them to use to help deal with relationships, careers and social life. This stage encourages the client to engage and takes steps into making their life more meaningful to challenge what they have learned.

We at Anchor Counseling Center want to help you, If you feel that you or a loved one would benefit from this type of therapy, a number of Clinicians at Anchor Counseling Center offer this treatment please call our office at 401-475-9979 to schedule an appointment.  Or you can visit our website:

Article written by Sarah Porier.

Dr. Marsha Lineham has Borderline Personality Disorder!

Jun 27, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

I was completely taken back when I read this article.  Dr. Lineham for years has been the leader in the field in dealing with one of the most difficult mental health issues that presents in itself in any given practice all over the world: Borderline Personality Disorder.  She her self fought the years of self-abusive behaviors, including cutting and burning and had chronic suicidal ideations and attempts.

She spent over two years in a hospital and was considered to be one of the most difficult patients to manage.  After a diagnosis of Schizophrenia and treatments of anti-psychotic and shock treatment, she still did not feel much better.

Dr. Lineham coined the term of Radical Acceptance which lead to the leading treatment of this Personality Disorder: DBT.  Accepting life as is and realizing the need for change.

Coming out she hopes that it will help people with the mental health disorder and bridge the gap of negativity that they are always attention seeking and in crisis.

Amazing.  Her skills do work!  I have used them with many patients not only those with Borderline Personality Disorder but for those who need to identify and regulate emotions.

Read the entire Article.

If you yourself believe you suffer from Borderline Personlity Disorder, please call us: 401.475.9979.  We have clinicians who specialize in treating the Disorder.

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