Individual DBT Psychotherapy:
DBT Therapist Distinctions: DBT Therapists are active, engaged, compassionate and irreverent. We don’t wait to have a good relationship with clients before we do something. We DO SOMETHING in order to build a good relationship.
One of the key assumptions of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is that while we may not have caused all of our problems, we are the only ones capable and responsible for fixing them.
This requires a continual willingness on the part of DBT participants to work hard and look at themselves honestly, so that they can make the changes necessary to build an emotionally resilient life.
DBT assumptions about participants:
- You are doing the best you can.
- You want to improve.
- You will do better, work harder, and be motivated to change.
- The lives of suicidal individuals are unbearable as they are currently being lived.
- You will learn new behaviors in all areas of your life.
- You cannot fail in DBT.
DBT assumptions about therapists:
- All therapists, no matter how well trained, are fallible.
- We make every reasonable effort to conduct competent and effective therapy.
- We obey standard ethical and professional guidelines.
- We are available for weekly therapy sessions and provide needed therapy back-up.
- We respect the integrity and rights of the patient.
- We maintain confidentiality.
- We meet regularly for consultation and support.
Our Standard DBT program in San Jose is modeled after the research model created by the treatment developer. It is important for consumers to know that If a program or therapist does not offer all these components in their DBT program then that program is not adherent and is not backed by the same research DBT is known for. Technically, a program that doesn’t offer all of these components cannot even make the claim that it offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy, though many do and this causes confusion to the consumer. For more information on the criteria for an adherent DBT program please visit www.behavioraltech.com.