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Dialectical behavior therapy is centered around validation and acceptance. This approach is effective because it helps clients feel understood and supported, which can increase their willingness to engage in therapy and work on developing new skills. Additionally, validation and acceptance are foundational principles in dialectical behavior therapy that promote emotional regulation and enhance interpersonal effectiveness.

What tools do you teach in dialectical behavior therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) utilizes several effective tools to help individuals improve their emotional regulation, interpersonal skills, and overall well-being. Some key tools include mindfulness practices, which foster present-moment awareness and non-judgmental observation of thoughts and feelings. Distress tolerance techniques help individuals manage intense emotions without engaging in harmful behaviors. Emotion regulation skills teach individuals to identify, understand, and effectively manage their emotions. Interpersonal effectiveness strategies focus on improving communication, setting boundaries, and navigating relationships. These tools, among others like radical acceptance and reality acceptance, empower individuals to cope with challenges, enhance self-awareness, and lead more fulfilling lives.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in dialectical behavior therapy?

Meaningful progress in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is often evident when a client demonstrates improved emotional regulation, enhanced mindfulness, effective use of coping strategies, positive changes in behavior and relationships, increased self-awareness, and consistent application of DBT skills in various life situations. Clients may also show a reduction in self-destructive behaviors, improved interpersonal skills, and a greater sense of empowerment and resilience in managing life's challenges.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement dialectical behavior therapy?

Clients can supplement dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in their personal time by practicing mindfulness meditation regularly, engaging in journaling to track emotions and thoughts, implementing distress tolerance techniques during challenging moments, practicing emotion regulation skills through self-soothing activities, and applying interpersonal effectiveness strategies in their relationships. Additionally, they can read DBT literature, attend support groups, and participate in DBT-based exercises or worksheets provided by their therapist to reinforce and deepen their understanding and application of DBT skills outside of therapy sessions.

What should someone do to prepare for starting dialectical behavior therapy?

To prepare for starting dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), it's beneficial to reflect on personal goals and challenges, gather relevant medical and mental health history, identify specific areas of emotional or behavioral difficulties, and set realistic expectations for therapy. Additionally, familiarizing oneself with basic DBT concepts, such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness, can be helpful in understanding the therapeutic approach. Being open-minded, committed to change, and willing to actively participate in therapy sessions and homework assignments are essential for a successful start in DBT.

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What is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)?

At Thriveworks, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) primarily concentrates on assisting individuals in emotion regulation, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and acquiring effective coping strategies for managing stress and emotional difficulties.

How does DBT work?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) targets your personal challenges. You may work with your DBT therapist to maintain diary cards to monitor progress, emphasizing validation and support in the therapeutic relationship. DBT follows a stage-based approach, prioritizing crisis reduction initially and life satisfaction.

What is DBT best used for?

DBT was initially developed to address the needs of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, its versatile approach has enabled its application to a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress, and anger issues.

What are the 4 pillars of DBT?

The 4 pillars of DBT are mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

Is DBT better than EMDR?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) have distinct purposes and aren't inherently superior or inferior to one another. DBT is most effective for managing emotional regulation, personality disorders, and interpersonal challenges, while EMDR is specifically tailored for individuals with trauma-related conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What's better: CBT or DBT?

The selection between Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) hinges on an individual's distinct requirements and the specific nature of their concerns. CBT is commonly preferred for a broad spectrum of conditions like anxiety and depression, whereas DBT stands out in aiding individuals dealing with borderline personality disorder and challenges associated with emotional regulation.

Is DBT conducted in person or online?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with therapists at Thriveworks in Duluth, GA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How many months is DBT?

The duration of a standard DBT program is typically around 24 weeks, which is roughly six months. The actualnumber of sessions will vary depending on the issues you wish to address.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Duluth therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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My child is a little more relaxed and happy after 5 sessions with Andrew. He will continue the therapy and we are confident he will getting better every day
Read more My child is a little more relaxed and happy after 5 sessions with Andrew. He will continue the therapy and we are confident he will getting better every day
Qingqing Feb 2024
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Shame on Thrive works. My partner and I have been seeing a therapist and liked her. BUT both last week and this week we drove to Duluth location (35 minutes from my house), waited in the waiting room, only to find out our therapist wasn’t even there!!! Called to inquire why and basically got no reason. I received both the text message confirming my appointment and the emails. What if we were in crisis??? So disappointed with them.
Read more Shame on Thrive works. My partner and I have been seeing a therapist and liked her. BUT both last week and this week we drove to Duluth location (35 minutes from my house), waited in the waiting room, only to find out our therapist wasn’t even there!!! Called to inquire why and basically got no reason. I received both the text message confirming my appointment and the emails. What if we were in crisis??? So disappointed with them.
Tracy Jan 2024
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I am very pleased with my therapist and I have learned much about myself!
Karen Dec 2023
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Working with Eboni has truly transformed my life but also the personal love I have for myself. I’d thought I was need of therapy due to stress from my job. After a few months I realize that I was going to be tackling more than just work issues. Eboni was absolutely phenomenal in her quietness when I needed to see myself and determine the truth behind any problems I was trying to work through. I’m so much better because of it and I’m so happy that I made the decision to start. Though I still have a lot to work on;I can already see a difference and so can everyone else! Thank you Eboni!!
Read more Working with Eboni has truly transformed my life but also the personal love I have for myself. I’d thought I was need of therapy due to stress from my job. After a few months I realize that I was going to be tackling more than just work issues. Eboni was absolutely phenomenal in her quietness when I needed to see myself and determine the truth behind any problems I was trying to work through. I’m so much better because of it and I’m so happy that I made the decision to start. Though I still have a lot to work on;I can already see a difference and so can everyone else! Thank you Eboni!!
Duluth Jan 2022
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My counselor, Eboni, is amazing and finds different ways using different resources to help me seek better insight. She is highly recommended if you are looking for someone to deal with self-esteem and anger management issues.
Read more My counselor, Eboni, is amazing and finds different ways using different resources to help me seek better insight. She is highly recommended if you are looking for someone to deal with self-esteem and anger management issues.
Duluth Aug 2021
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Very good
Atlanta Jun 2018
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I felt better about myself walking out of the session...
Atlanta Apr 2018
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Enjoyed my first session.
Atlanta Apr 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Duluth is located off of Abbotts Bridge Road, and near Kani House. You will find an Urgent Care Center across the street, and an Extra Space Storage down the road.

Phone number

(678) 679-9918

Languages spoken by GA providers

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