Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness as a Relapse Prevention Tool

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is a cognitive therapy with an emphasis on mindfulness and skills building. DBT is an effective treatment for substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, and other concerns.

Most people think of DBT as a therapy for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder. While DBT is shown to be effective for this we also use it primarily with our co-occurring clients who have trouble managing their emotions and reactions.

Although DBT can by used in a group situation our approach is based on individual counseling and skills building. One exception is that we teach is mindfulness in both a group and individual setting.

One fun way we teach our clients about mindfulness is a group called “Mindfulness and the Art of Chocolate Eating”. Originally developed for use in schools in the U.K. we have modified the concept to guide clients about how being mindful of their feelings, thoughts, senses, and surroundings can be used as a relapse prevention tool.

We are a facility with a “small town” feel to it. This means that every licensed therapist and staff member is available to a client and we’re all working out of the same playbook. No one is overlooked. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.

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