At Long Island Counseling Services, we believe that no two people are ever exactly the same. Part of our therapists’ job is to try to understand you better as an individual, so that we can give you the best possible support we can in order to help you work through any mental health challenges that you may face and see improvement in your quality of life.
In order to do that, we try our best to figure out what therapeutic approaches are most likely to provide you with a positive outcome. In some cases, we may find that one of the best ways to treat your mental health is with a therapy known as “Dialectical Behavior Therapy,” or “DBT.”
What is DBT and Why is it Useful?
DBT is an extensively researched therapy developed only a few decades ago at the University of Washington. It is related to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), considered by many to be the gold standard approach to mental health. Yet while cognitive behavioral therapy focuses most of its approach on targeting thoughts and behaviors, DBT is more emotion-focused. It teaches people how to better control and understand emotions.
- How to empathize and understand the experience of others.
- How to experience stress without changing the way we see the future.
- How to control more extreme emotions, and more.
This structured process has been shown to be one of the first effective ways to treat several types of behavioral disorders. It has also been shown to be very effective for overcoming trauma, managing eating disorders, and even reduce depression and anxiety in some patients. DBT is not for everyone, or for all mental health challenges, but it is considered a very effective way to manage many types of mental health issues.
Learn More About DBT or Contact LICS to Get Started
At Long Island Counseling Services, we can only determine what approach will be best for you by first meeting you and talking to you about our mental health. But once we have a chance to connect, we may find that DBT is an effective way to treat your mental health struggles. Give us a call today or use our online form to talk to one of our therapists and see what approach is best for you.