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Stacey Gray

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What is your go-to approach for dialectical behavior therapy?

Helping people in dialectical behavior therapy requires helping the clients focus on changing unhealthy behaviors and thinking patterns while also learning to regulate emotions that have triggered negative behaviors in the past. I find the best benefit in allowing the clients to learn not to label their emotions or behaviors and begin focusing on accepting the role emotions and behaviors have played in their lives. DBT is about helping the client become more mindful of their emotions and behaviors and teaching them healthier ways of coping with uncomfortable emotions.

What tools do you teach in dialectical behavior therapy?

During the dialectical behavior therapy process, the client will be able to work on learning emotional regulation strategies and address cognitive restructuring while also being able to focus on mindfulness strategies to help regulate their emotions during times of emotional distress.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in dialectical behavior therapy when there is a reduction in reports of the use of negative or harmful coping strategies, reduced episodes of emotional dysregulation, as well reports of more frequent self-awareness regarding emotional regulation.

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

Clients can supplement their time in dialectical behavior therapy with activities that help calm themselves, creative outlets if they enjoy them, as well as journaling as an activity to help work on self-awareness during times of emotional overwhelm.

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

To prepare for their first dialectical behavior therapy session, an individual can begin to think about what behaviors they are currently using to help themselves during emotionally overwhelming times. Thinking about what negative or harmful coping strategies that they have used in the past along with what they hope to get out of treatment are all things that can help prepare them for their initial session.

Starting Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

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 Nottingham, MD 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 Nottingham therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

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Read more I tried to call billing; I missed an evening telehealth appointment because of a widespread power outage from the massive storms of 1/9/2024. Offshore personnel had no idea what I was talking about; they said they were in the Phillippines, and in addition the language barrier was quite severe. Health professionals here are wonderful to work with; however, technical or financial issues are difficult to straighten out. I gave up and will just deal with the treating persons here.
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Nottingham is off of Belair Road and Blakely Avenue. We share a space with Driscoll Tax Group and are down the road from Wells Fargo and Chick-fil-A.

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