DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)

Our group provides Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in both our Edwardsville and Maryville offices. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based type of talk therapy that utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach while emphasizing the psychosocial aspects of treatment.

DBT focuses on providing skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT has been successfully used to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, PTSD, Substance Abuse Disorder, and suicidal ideation.

Findings from multiple studies reflect the efficacy of DBT.

  • A controlled trial conducted in an inpatient setting by Bohus et al. (2004) found people in therapy who received three months of DBT improved at a greater rate than those who received treatment as usual.

  • According to the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, multiple controlled trials and independent studies found one year of DBT decreased the instances of self-harming behaviors at a greater rate than alternative treatments. One such study reported that participants who received DBT had only .55 incidents of self-injurious behavior over one month, compared to 9.33 incidents among those who received treatment as usual.

  • A study conducted by Linehan et al. (2006) suggests DBT may be effective in reducing suicide attempts. This study reported those who received DBT were half as likely to attempt suicide. They had less psychiatric hospitalizations and were less likely to drop out of treatment compared to those who received psychotherapy from professionals considered experts in treating suicide and self-harm.

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Our counselors are located in Edwardsville and Maryville and provide therapy to the surrounding areas including O'Fallon, Shiloh, and Fairview Heights, IL.  

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