Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Dr. Rodriguez
There is a growing body of clinical evidence to support that Dialectical Behavior Therapy, often referred to as DBT, is highly effective in the treatment of many disorders, including Major Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, and self-destructive behaviors like self-harm and suicidal thinking. DBT is widely accepted as a best-practice course of treatment for many mental health conditions due to its success rate and evidence-based approach to healing. Adaptations of DBT for the treatment of addiction and eating disorders have also demonstrated positive results.
At the practice Raul J. Rodriguez MD & Associates, we offer Dialectical Behavior Therapy for all levels, from beginners up to advanced practitioners. Dr. Rodriguez can also create a schedule for every DBT candidate that fits into their normal lives. Our DBT Skills Groups help clients learn and apply the necessary skills to decrease both emotional deregulation and maladaptive reactions to difficult emotions. Our DBT groups are highly structured, and clients are required to make a full commitment to the entire course of therapy sessions.
Skills Covered in DBT Group:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy skill-sets are divided between four key modules, which are all covered during the course of our full DBT program. In Dr. Rodriguez’s DBT program, clients learn DBT skills in individual skills training sessions, and then practice them in our skills-group setting. Additional support, such as phone coaching, is available to help with the implementation of DBT skills in the real world. The DBT program at Raul J. Rodriguez MD & Associates covers these four modules:
Group participants are taught how to observe, describe, and then participate in emotions, sensations, thoughts, and external phenomenon. This is done without passing judgment on these experiences as neither “good” nor “bad.” Mindfulness training is essential to develop skills that are necessary for successful progression in the DBT program.
DBT skills group members are taught how to more successfully express and assert their needs and resolve conflicts in their personal relationships. They learn how to process their thoughts in order to address the person with a confident and fair view.
Emotional regulation skills allow participants to identify and modulate their emotional reactions in healthier and more adaptive ways. Participants in DBT skills training learn a variety of effective self-regulation tools. These emotional regulation strategies help to prevent extreme emotional reactions to people or events. They also help to replace maladaptive coping mechanisms, like self-harm, process addictions, or other ineffective behaviors.
Participants are taught skills that enable them to accept and endure emotional distress without having to resort to self-destructive and maladaptive behaviors. Included in the DBT module are techniques for self-soothing, as well as skills involving breath-work and muscle relaxation. Participants learn how to navigate emotional crises in a healthy manner.
In addition to our introductory and advanced skills group, Dr. Rodriguez also offers individual DBT skills coaching, which is done in conjunction with group DBT therapy to maximize effectiveness. Prospective patients interested in Dialectical Behavior Therapy are encourage to schedule an initial evaluation with Dr. Rodriguez to help determine the level and intensity that is right for them.