DBT-INFORMED THERAPY

"DBT-Informed" treatment uses some of the methods or structure of DBT, such as using the DBT manual to teach skills, individual therapy following the priorities of DBT but does not meet all four of the functions of Comprehensive DBT. While "DBT informed" treatment can be very helpful for some clients, it is important to recognize that research shows that "Comprehensive DBT" is the most effective for clients who struggle with more severe symptoms.


NCFWC offers DBT-Informed Individual Therapy which includes a blend of skills teaching and therapy.  Coaching calls are not provided and attending a DBT Skills-Only group may or may not be recommended by the therapist.  

 

STAGES OF TREATMENT

PRETREATMENT STAGE

Identify goals and gain motivation

Goal is to assess the presenting issues, orient to DBT, and determine whether DBT is a good fit.

Targets: 

  • Assess current needs, patterns of behavior, and ultimate treatment goals

  • Introduce and educate family on DBT, how it can help, and to the NCFWC program/group

  • Determine if teen and parent are good candidates 

  • Address barriers to treatment

STAGE 1

Gain control

Goal is to gain control over highly problematic behaviors

Targets:

  • Decrease life threatening behaviors

  • Decrease therapy-interfering behaviors

  • Decrease quality of life-interfering behaviors

  • Increase skill knowledge

STAGE 2

Focus on Emotional Experiencing

Goal is to move towards fully experiencing emotions and feel less miserable inside/less anguish

  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Mood disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

STAGE 3

Problem Solving Everyday Living Difficulties

Goal is building a healthy lifestyle and developing self-reliance.

Therapy Targets:

  • Low self-esteem

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Difficulties with problem-solving

  • Inadequate quality of life

STAGE 4

Finding Joy, Meaning, and Connection

Goal is to develop freedom and capacity for joy.

Therapy targets:

  • Resolve a sense of incompleteness

 
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MIND/BODY GROUPS

 

LUNCH & LEARN WELLNESS SERIES

Bridging the Gap Between Mental and Physical Health

Our Wellness Series is a designed  to provide families with additional resources on relevant topics that bridge the gap between mental and physical health. It is offered as a stand-alone, free class held quarterly on Fridays at 12pm with lunch provided. This series functions as a way for professionals in the field to share their expertise by translating evidence-based information into everyday language for families.  Topics have included "The Science Behind Dieting", "Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Your Mental Health" and "Hormones and Mental Health". Email us to be added to the invitation list

 

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