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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Managing Emotions with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

What is DBT and can it help me?

You know those emotions that get out of control and get you in trouble? DBT teaches you how to keep them in check. Sounds cool, right?

DBT is a combination of Group Therapy and Individual Therapy that helps people learn to manage their emotions. This allows them to have better relationships, handle crises when they come up, make better decisions, and keep emotions in check.

Developed 50 years ago, it’s been shown to effectively treat problems including depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, caregiver burnout, relationship problems, substance use, and of course borderline personality disorder.

DBT is considered the gold standard approach for treating Emotion Dysregulation:

  • Emotions that spike out of control from nowhere

  • Emotions that are super intense, more so than most people seem to understand

  • Emotions that seems to last forever

I’m still confused – what is Emotion Dysregulation?

Emotion Dysregulation is a part of the following problems:

  • Frequent crying

  • Anger outbursts

  • Inability to stay in healthy relationships

  • Unsure what you are feeling

  • Feeling like no one can understand your emotions

  • Feeling overwhelmed all the time

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • PTSD and trauma

Does DBT really work?

We believe that DBT can help EVERY SINGLE PERSON and have found it incredibly helpful in our own lives. No one can teach DBT unless they use it in their own lives, and we do.

Here’s what past clients have had to say:

“Your DBT classes have changed my life! It has helped me more than 10 years of traditional talk therapy could. Thank you so much!”

“I’ve taken DBT before at other places, but I didn’t really understand the skills until now. You are amazing therapists, and I can’t thank you enough. You have changed my life.”

“These skills really should be taught in school. I could have used them when times were the toughest. Thank you for doing this.”

“Linnea and Ann are wonderful teachers. They are compassionate and warm, and teach the skills in a way that helps me use them in my life every day. My only regret is that I didn’t find out about this sooner.”

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We’ve all experienced times when emotions take over. This is called getting “hijacked.” You can get hijacked when you are stuck in traffic and are late for a meeting, when you get into a fight with a loved one, when you feel attacked or threatened, when you’re overwhelmed at work, and so on. When you’re hijacked, you literally can’t think – and you might make bad decisions that cause you more problems.