DBT Specialist

Connect Wellness

Mental Wellness located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you have trouble regulating your emotions, coping with stress, or maintaining healthy relationships, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can help. Psychiatrist Rod Amiri, MD, and the team at Connect Wellness in Beverly Hills, California, use DBT to treat a range of mental health conditions, including borderline personality disorder. To find out how DBT can help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

DBT Q & A

What is dialectical behavior therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the approaches that Dr. Amiri and the team at Connect Wellness use in their intensive outpatient program. This comprehensive, evidence-based form of cognitive-behavioral therapy provides you with new skills to manage difficult emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. 

How does dialectical behavior therapy work?

Dr. Amiri and the team at Connect Wellness may use DBT in your group and/or individual therapy sessions during your intensive outpatient program. DBT focuses on teaching you skills in four specific areas, including:

Mindfulness

Mindfulness focuses on improving your ability to stay present and pay attention to what’s happening in the current moment. 

Distress tolerance

Distress tolerance helps you become more tolerant of negative emotions rather than trying to escape from them. 

Emotion regulation

Emotion regulation includes strategies to help you manage and change intense emotions that cause problems in your life.

Interpersonal effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness involves techniques that help you communicate with others in a way that maintains self-respect and improves relationships.

What does dialectical behavior therapy treat?

DBT was initially developed as a treatment for borderline personality disorder. However, research shows that DBT also effectively treats many other mental health disorders, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

DBT teaches you to replace extreme, all-or-nothing thought patterns with more balanced, objective, and healthy ways of thinking. 

How can dialectical behavior therapy help me?

If you feel overwhelmed by feelings or easily triggered by close relationships, DBT may be right for you. The DBT groups at Connect Wellness can help you achieve the following mental health goals:

  • Gain skills to self-soothe when you experience distress
  • Improve personal relationships
  • Learn how to regulate emotions
  • Stay mindful and present in the given moment
  • Communicate and interact with others more effectively

In DBT group therapy sessions, you learn and practice new skills alongside others. Dr. Amiri and his team encourage group members to share their experiences and provide mutual support. Your therapist may assign homework, such as practicing mindfulness exercises, to help you incorporate DBT skills in your daily life. 

To learn more about DBT, call Connect Wellness or book an appointment online today.