Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) combines methods from cognitive therapy (the connection of thoughts, behaviors, and feelings), behavioral therapy (learned behaviors and how the environment impacts those behaviors), and aspects of mindfulness practices.

Dialectics refers to the examination and discussion of opposing ideas in order to find the truth.  DBT can help clients accept their uncomfortable thoughts, behaviors, and feelings as valid, while still recognizing those thoughts must be changed in order to live a better life.

Beginning as a way to help chronically suicidal people, DBT can be effective for those with complex trauma, persistent mood disorders, PTSD, and negative behavior patterns including self-harm, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

DBT and Trauma Recovery

The emotional problems we face often arise from unresolved past trauma that we carry locked in our bodies.  During traumatic events, our brain tries to separate memories of trauma from normal, everyday brain processing.  Unresolved trauma can leak out into seemingly unrelated situations.  If similar circumstances or interactions trigger the memory of trauma, it can lead to confusing and destructive emotional responses.

DBT helps clients learn about their triggers.  Clients become more self-aware, and once they begin to notice their undesired reactions, they can refrain from unhealthy coping patterns.  Eventually, the frequency and severity of self-destructive behaviors decreases and the motivation to change increases.

DBT Therapy and Groups

The Resource Group offers the most experienced DBT clinicians and group facilitators in the Baltimore area, a strong group of trauma specialists, and DBT groups that teach skills at beginner and graduate levels.  There are groups available for adults and adolescents.  Contact us today to learn more about our program and schedule your first appointment.

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