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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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At Bethesda Therapy, we are dedicated to providing a compassionate and evidence-based approach to mental health. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is one of the transformative therapies we offer to individuals seeking balance, self-acceptance, and meaningful relationships. Reach out to our team to embark on your journey toward emotional wellness.

What is DBT & What Tools Does it Offer?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. It’s designed to assist individuals in managing overwhelming emotions, improving relationships, and achieving a fulfilling life.

  • Mindfulness: Cultivates an awareness of the present moment.
  • Distress Tolerance: Enhances resilience during challenging times.
  • Emotion Regulation: Provides tools to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Equips individuals with techniques to communicate and interact effectively.

The Impact of DBT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a potent tool for fostering emotional stability and interpersonal effectiveness. It has shown remarkable success in treating a range of mental health disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), mood disorders, and other conditions marked by emotional dysregulation.

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Individuals engaging in DBT at Bethesda Therapy are guided to understand and navigate their emotions better, thus promoting a life marked by balance, satisfaction, and meaningful relationships. The skills acquired through DBT extend beyond therapy sessions, proving invaluable in everyday interactions and personal decision-making. Through a blend of individual therapy, group skills training, and phone coaching, clients are supported in applying DBT skills in their real-world experiences, fostering substantial positive change.

How DBT Works

The essence of DBT lies in balancing acceptance and change, aiding individuals in building a life worth living amidst difficulties. It’s a structured, goal-oriented therapy that is both explorative and directive.

DBT Process

At Bethesda Therapy, the DBT process unfolds through four stages, each targeting different aspects of the individual’s life. Initially, the focus is on gaining control over life-threatening behaviors and emotional crises. As therapy progresses, clients work on experiencing emotions without impulsivity, building self-respect, and working towards individual goals that add meaning and satisfaction to life. Our skilled therapists provide a validating environment while challenging clients to grow beyond their comfort zones, embodying the dialectical balance that DBT encapsulates.
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Bethesda Therapy

At Bethesda Therapy, our dedicated team of experienced therapists creates a supportive, nurturing, and challenging environment that is conducive to the transformative journey DBT offers.

Our approach is personalized to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. We believe in the power of a validating environment coupled with the challenge of growth, embodying the core dialectical philosophy of DBT. Through individual therapy sessions, group skills training, and phone coaching, we provide a comprehensive DBT program that equips individuals with the skills and insights necessary for overcoming emotional challenges and building a fulfilling life. Our commitment is to walk alongside you on this journey towards emotional wellness, ensuring that the DBT process at Bethesda Therapy is a holistic, enlightening, and empowering experience.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy FAQs

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, evidence-based therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help individuals manage intense emotions, enhance relationships, and lead a fulfilling life. It’s grounded in cognitive-behavioral principles, incorporating mindfulness and acceptance strategies. DBT is particularly effective for individuals struggling with self-regulation of emotions, which often manifests in impulsive behaviors and relationship difficulties.

At Bethesda Therapy, our skilled therapists facilitate DBT through individual therapy, group skills training, and phone coaching. These modalities work together to provide a holistic approach to improving emotional well-being. The cornerstone of DBT is the balance of acceptance and change, which empowers individuals to embrace their emotions while working towards positive behavioral change.

DBT has shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), mood disorders, and other conditions marked by emotional dysregulation. It’s beneficial for individuals who experience chronic emotional instability, interpersonal difficulties, and those who engage in self-destructive behaviors.

At Bethesda Therapy, we offer a personalized approach to DBT, tailoring the therapy to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. Our expert therapists provide a supportive and validating environment, enabling clients to explore and address their challenges comprehensively. Whether you’re facing daily life stresses or more severe emotional struggles, DBT at Bethesda Therapy provides the tools and support necessary for achieving emotional balance and enhancing life satisfaction.

The duration of DBT treatment can vary based on individual needs and the complexity of the issues being addressed. Typically, a full DBT program runs for about 6 to 12 months, encompassing individual therapy sessions, group skills training, and between-session coaching as needed.

At Bethesda Therapy, our DBT program is structured to provide a thorough exploration and application of DBT skills in real-world settings. The pace of progress is individualized, and our therapists are committed to providing the necessary support throughout the duration of the treatment. We believe in a collaborative approach, working closely with our clients to ensure that the pace and focus of therapy align with their personal goals and readiness for change.

DBT sessions at Bethesda Therapy are structured, supportive, and aimed at promoting meaningful change. Initially, the focus is on addressing life-threatening behaviors and gaining control over emotional crises. As therapy progresses, the emphasis shifts towards experiencing emotions without impulsivity, improving interpersonal effectiveness, and working towards individual life goals.

Our experienced therapists create a validating environment while also challenging clients to move beyond their comfort zones. The blend of individual therapy, group skills training, and phone coaching ensures a comprehensive exploration and application of DBT skills. At Bethesda Therapy, we are dedicated to walking alongside you on this transformative journey, providing the necessary support, insights, and skills required for a fulfilling and balanced life.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is unique in its emphasis on the dialectical balance between acceptance and change. Unlike traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches, DBT incorporates mindfulness and distress tolerance strategies, drawing from both Western and Eastern psychological principles. This blend of approaches facilitates a more holistic understanding and management of emotional experiences.

At Bethesda Therapy, our DBT program is designed to foster both self-acceptance and the motivation for change. Through individual therapy, group skills training, and phone coaching, we provide a supportive and structured environment for exploring and addressing emotional challenges. The skills learned in DBT are practical and actionable, aimed at promoting enduring positive change in various life domains.

DBT focuses on four core skill sets: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. These skills are fundamental to managing emotions, improving relationships, and navigating life’s challenges more effectively.

  • Mindfulness: This skill enhances awareness of the present moment, allowing for a clearer understanding and acceptance of one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • Distress Tolerance: Learn to cope with and withstand negative emotions and stressors in a healthy way, promoting resilience during challenging times.
  • Emotion Regulation: Gain tools to understand, manage, and respond to emotions in a balanced and constructive manner.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Enhance communication and relationship skills to interact more effectively with others, promoting better understanding and stronger relationships.

At Bethesda Therapy, our experienced therapists guide individuals through the learning and application of these core DBT skills. Through a blend of individual and group sessions, clients have the opportunity to practice these skills in a supportive environment, facilitating real-world application and lasting positive change.

Getting Started with Bethesda Therapy

We understand that seeking help can be a big step, but remember, you’re not alone. We’re here to support and guide you on your journey towards a more manageable life. Scheduling a consultation with us is straightforward and the first step towards recovery. Reach out to us either by phoneemail or our website form to book your appointment. Be assured, your confidentiality is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing you with the highest level of care. Take that first step today – we look forward to assisting you.

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What Colleagues Say About Us

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Rose Bleiweis


Melissa is determined, hard-working, and provides a range of therapeutic interventions. She is committed to professional development to further her clinical skills.

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Jen Lodico


Melissa’s skillset was empowering to work with. She is professional and supportive. Melissa is a fantastic therapist who I cannot recommend enough!
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Beth Cocker


Melissa Murphy is a wonderful therapist. She is kind, non-judgmental and empathetic. She truly understands her client’s needs and takes into account the whole-person. I do not hesitate to refer clients to Melissa and enjoy collaborating with her on cases. She is an excellent therapist with expertise in anxiety, depression, and OCD.

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