Individual DBT Psychotherapy:
DBT Therapist Distinctions: DBT Therapists are active, engaged, compassionate, and irreverent. We deeply understand that clients want to achieve their goals and build their lives and at San Jose DBT we help you do that. Marsha Linehan has said that the treatment for despair and hopelessness is ACTUALLY building a life. San Jose DBT Therapists are expertly trained in DBT individual therapy to help you reach your goals.
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. Individual DBT Therapy requires a continual willingness on the part of DBT participants to work hard and work at being willing to make the changes necessary to build an emotionally resilient life.
Our DBT Therapist assumptions about YOU:
- 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 can and will learn new behaviors in all areas of your life.
- You cannot fail in DBT.
DBT assumptions about ourselves as 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 backup.
- 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, Marsha Linehan, PH.D. It is a Behavior Therapy Treatment that emphasizes learning and change coupled with warm validation and acceptance. This is a distinction that is important for consumers to know. If a program or therapist does not offer all the components of DBT or is not a Behavior Therapist what you are getting can’t be called DBT and can’t be backed by the same research DBT is known for. For more information on the criteria for an adherent DBT program please visit www.behavioraltech.com.
Interested to find out if DBT is right for you?
Call Melinda Carlisle Brackett at (408) 893-4032 for more information! Or submit a contact form here.