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Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating DBT Treatment: Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, where we provide answers to common inquiries about our psychological services and the DBT treatment approach. We understand that seeking therapy and deciding on the right treatment can raise questions, and we're here to provide clarity and support. Below, you'll find information addressing various aspects of DBT, including the types of problems it treats, its goals, what you'll learn, and more. We hope this FAQ section helps you gain a better understanding of DBT and how it can support your well-being. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team. We're here to help you on your journey towards mental health and personal growth.

What types of problems does DBT treat?

DBT, developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, has initially proven effective in treating individuals with extreme emotional dysregulation. However, further research has demonstrated its effectiveness with a broader range of problems. At Mt. Diablo Psychological Services, we offer DBT treatment to adults and adolescents struggling with mood disorders, interpersonal problems, anxiety and trauma, addiction, and personality disorders.

How can I determine if DBT is the best treatment for me?

To assess if DBT is suitable for you, visit the "DBT: Is It Right For You?" page and complete the checklist. This will help you make an informed decision about the potential benefits of DBT for your specific needs.

What are the goals of DBT?

  • Develop mindful awareness of thoughts and feelings.

  • Understand triggers for ineffective emotions and thoughts.

  • Recognize and address ineffective patterns of responding.

  • Manage intense negative emotions to minimize their impact.

  • Improve communication to enhance receptiveness.

  • Effectively manage interpersonal conflicts.

  • Learn new coping strategies for life's challenges.

  • Cultivate inner peace and calm.

What will I learn in DBT?

In DBT, you will acquire a range of skills, including emotion management and effective communication techniques. Additionally, you will learn to increase your mindful awareness of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, as these significantly influence your actions, feelings, and perceptions.

Why should I attend both Skills Training Group and Individual DBT?

Skills Training Group teaches you DBT skills, while Individual DBT sessions help you apply these skills to your life. Participation in individual therapy is required in DBT. Adding a skills group to your individual therapy depends on your goals and symptom severity. If you aim to learn and integrate skills quickly, we recommend both individual therapy and group DBT.

Can I continue working with my outside therapist while attending a DBT Skills Training Group?

You can join a skills group while maintaining your current therapist. However, some clients choose to see a DBT individual therapist during the skills group if they seek additional progress. They may then return to their outside therapist.

Are DBT Skills Training Groups a form of group therapy?

DBT skills groups are psychoeducational rather than process or support groups. They involve teaching, discussion, and practice of skills during group sessions.

How can I start learning DBT skills on my own?

Numerous books and websites provide information on DBT skills. Check the "Resources" tab on our website for recommended reading and website links.

Is confidentiality maintained in DBT Skills Training Groups?

Yes! Information shared in DBT skills groups is confidential. Participants sign an agreement confirming the confidentiality of group discussions.

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