Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program in San Jose
Do you feel emotional all the time?
Do you feel you can’t control your emotions?
Are you a concerned friend or family member of someone who might need help managing their emotions?
Are you a therapist, psychiatrist or other physician who has heard about “DBT” but are not sure what Dialectical Behavior Therapy is and how it can help your client?
Would you like to:
Become more skilled at managing your emotions
Improve interpersonal skills and your ability to influence your environment
Learn solid decision-making skills
Be a more validating and accepting spouse or partner
Become more accepting of yourself so you can have a life worth living
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an effective program that is supported by solid empirical research. It involves both weekly individual counseling and participation in fun, engaging skills training classes in which you will learn practical tools and strategies to help you become calmer, improve your relationships, and be more effective in managing your life. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a cognitive-behavioral therapy the focus of which is change balanced with acceptance, compassion, and validation of the client.
The Biosocial theory behind DBT holds that individuals with emotion regulation disorders have emotional vulnerability and a deficit in their ability to regulate emotions. The emotion regulation deficit is maintained by an ongoing transaction in the environment, characterized by invalidating responses. Invalidating responses include the indiscriminate rejection of private emotional experiences, the punishment of emotional displays, but with intermittent reinforcement of escalation, and the consistent communication that emotional problems are easier to solve than they really are. What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
Melinda Carlisle, M.A.is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Advanced Intensively Trained DBT Therapist. Her organization is one of the few Dialectical Behavior Program for Adults in San Jose that meets the stringent requirements set forth by BehavioralTech, Inc. for full fidelity to the treatment model www.behavioraltech.com. She wants to be a resource for you and for the families and friends of people with difficulty managing emotions. You can build a life worth living. She’ll help you do it.
How do I know if it is REAL DBT?
Here are some guidelines:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a complete program and never includes skills training by itself unless it is part of a specific pilot program and follows a specific researched back protocol.
- Individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy is always a part of a REAL DBT program and that therapy is conducted by a Behavioral Therapist who has been trained by Marsha Linehan or her agents. In addition, the very best DBT Therapists are closely aligned with the broader global DBT community and regularly consult with DBT experts in the field.
- DBT is very structured and very validating and is designed to work on specific goals and targets in a particular order to maximize learning. You will always know what the DBT Therapists is up to and will be an active collaborator. Untrained Therapists who offer DBT often combine different techniques outside of the treatment. Make sure your DBT Therapist has the proper training and that he or she is following the treatment. If you are not sure, ask them!
- Remember that only comprehensive DBT programs and DBT Therapists who conduct such programs to full fidelity can get the outcomes published in the research. If you have more questions just call us at (408)780-1150! We know all the DBT Therapists who practice here in the Bay area. What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
Call today and get help to begin building a life worth living – (408) 780-1150
Melinda Carlisle Brackett, M.A,
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Silicon Valley Executive Counseling,
Marriage & Family Therapy, A Professional Corporation
1570 The Alameda, Suite 255, San Jose, CA, United States
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