Emotions can be hard to understand and even scary at times. When our emotional reactions are extreme it is usually because we have experienced trauma. Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT is a type of treatment that targets emotional ups and downs as well as trauma symptoms.
Our unresolved can trauma cause us to react in extreme ways, especially toward friends, family, and romantic partners. Unresolved trauma causes our arousal levels to increase far more quickly than the average person’s. It can take a long time to return to baseline arousal levels.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral approach that highlights the relational aspects of treatment. I will teach you practical skills and provide coping mechanisms to help you with intense surges of emotion.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is specifically designed and research proven to treat Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but it has since been used to treat an array of other mental health issues.
Some components of DBT treatment are:
Support-oriented DBT: This helps you identify your strengths and builds on them so that you begin to feel more confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth
Cognitive-based DBT: This helps you identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder and helps you identify and learn different ways of thinking that will make life easier to manage and navigate.
Collaborative DBT: This type of DBT examines the relationships between you and your therapist. As you explore your relationship with your therapist you can begin to develop new ways of dealing with relationships and coping with conflicts. Through this type of DBT you are are encouraged to complete homework assignments, to role-play new ways of interacting with others, and to practice skills self-soothing skills when you are upset.
The skill set focus is on interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and reality acceptance, emotion regulation, and mindfulness. The individual therapist helps the person to learn, apply and master the DBT skills.
My focus in treatment is to help you uncover the patterns that keep you stuck and to promote change, self-awareness, and personal growth. My goal is to create a non-judgmental and validating environment that fosters self-worth and empowerment.
By creating a safe and nurturing space we will explore life’s challenges and uncover what’s holding you back. My approach is warm and collaborative and I am committed to guiding you to become the best version of yourself.
I have experience working with a variety of challenges including: low self-esteem, anxiety, mood disorders, and problems with relationships and intimacy. I use a blend of many evidenced-based practices to guide you toward emotional health and wellbeing.
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My LA Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Therapist and Trauma Specialist
Santa Monica Location
401 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA