Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a crucial component of effective DBT treatment. Weekly individual sessions are aimed at increasing motivation and assisting clients in applying DBT skills to cope more effectively with life stressors.

DBT of TOWSON
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a crucial component of effective DBT treatment. Weekly individual sessions are aimed at increasing motivation and assisting clients in applying DBT skills to cope more effectively with life stressors.

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Individual Therapy

DBT Therapy is most effective when weekly skills-training group is combined with individual DBT therapy. DBT therapy is similar to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and emphasizes collaboration between client and therapist to identify and address maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. As such, clients are asked to make a commitment to attend skills group, engage in weekly individual therapy with a DBT-trained clinician, and address agreed upon behavioral goals. During individual sessions, client and therapist review the diary card, a record of emotions, behaviors and skill usage that occurred during the week; identify problem behaviors that occurred during the week; and work to implement skills learned from attending DBT skills-training group.

All of DBT of TOWSON’s clinicians are intensively trained in DBT, so clients experience individual DBT tailored directly to their specific needs. As behavior change can be very difficult, we work together to help enhance clients’ motivation, integrate new skills and behaviors into clients’ lives, and help them to build lives worth living!

In the event that our therapists’ caseloads are full, we work with clients to connect them to DBT-trained therapists outside of our program. Please contact us today to learn more about our services!

 

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DBT of TOWSON’s 25-week group program consists of three learning modules, which comprise the four aspects of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Believing that mindfulness, or the learned ability to pay attention to the present moment is the basis of the other DBT skills, each of the three modules starts with two weeks of mindfulness followed by seven to eight weeks of distress tolerance, emotion regulation or interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT Therapy is most effective when weekly skills-training group is combined with individual DBT therapy. DBT therapy is similar to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and emphasizes collaboration between client and therapist to identify and address maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. As such, clients are asked to make a commitment to attend skills group, engage in weekly individual therapy with a DBT-trained clinician, and address agreed upon behavioral goals.

For clients enrolled in group whose outside therapist may not be trained in DBT, DBT of TOWSON provides skills coaching sessions on an as-needed basis to help clients better understand how to apply the DBT skills they are learning in group to their individual lives.

DBT is a style of cognitive behavior therapy that aims to examine the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. DBT was initially developed by Marsha Linehan, who adapted cognitive therapy to address the needs of clients who have a harder time implementing change. Where traditional cognitive therapy attempts to work with thoughts and feelings in order to change behaviors, DBT begins by targeting behaviors in order to change thoughts and feelings. This is important for many people who, despite knowing better, continue to engage in behaviors that negatively impact their lives.

DBT is has been found to be highly effective in treating a wide range of disorders, including borderline personality disorder, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

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DBT of TOWSON was established in 2016 by Katie Holden and Jackie Dressel in an effort to give our emotionally dysregulated clients a place to learn skills to reclaim their lives, their relationships, and their dignity. All of our therapists are fully licensed and have successfully completed Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training. Our goal is to be a leading provider of high-quality DBT group and individual therapy to clients in the greater Baltimore area.

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