Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors based on the four modules of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

The Four Modules of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

At Awakenings by the Sea, we believe that DBT Skills training is necessary to prepare our women to learn how to deal with “life on life’s terms.”   All aspects of DBT are based on assisting our patients to learn and practice using a set of skills that have been proven to enhance coping and reduce distress.

We offer intense DBT skills training in the first 30 days, to begin teaching our women how to practice using these skills on a daily basis. DBT has proven effective in helping to:

  • Reduce emotional instability and impulsive behaviors
  • Understand and manage overwhelming emotions
  • Learn more effective ways of coping with stress
  • Learn more about themselves and how they think
  • Improve relationships and identify effective relationships in their life