Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based form of therapy that combines techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindful awareness to give patients specific tools to help navigate through emotional and environmental difficulties. The four main modules that are offered in DBT are mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. One of the major facets of this form of therapy is its emphasis on the importance of validation. In working with a trained therapist, the patient will work on learning how to validate his/her experience by learning how to accept uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and behaviors rather than constantly struggling with them. In doing so, the patient learns how to accept distress and to use their skills to navigate that situation without reverting to old, maladaptive coping patterns. At the Camden Center, the therapists integrate the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to give each patient a set of skills that they can use on their path towards recovery.