Comprehensive DBT consists of one weekly individual DBT therapy session, plus one weekly DBT Skills Training group. Phone Coaching with me is available between sessions. Phone coaching helps clients put in practice the skills they are learning. I also participate in weekly DBT Consultation Team meetings with other DBT therapists.
DBT Skills Training Groups
I accept clients for DBT Skills Training Group only, if appropriate. With few exceptions, these clients have their own individual therapist, who may or may not be a DBT therapist. I consider DBT skills to be “life skills” that benefit everyone.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is effective in treating individuals with depression and anxiety, who don’t also suffer from the intense emotional and behavioral dysregulation that DBT clients typically do. CBT is a structured therapy that focuses on the interactive links between thought, behavior, and emotion. Handouts and practice assignments are given, and often a workbook is used. Exposure is often incorporated as a component of CBT.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Clinical trials have demonstrated that both of these therapies are effective in treating PTSD. CPT focuses primarily on distorted beliefs and automatic thoughts that have become ingrained as a result of trauma. PE gradually desensitizes individuals to thoughts and memories of the trauma, and breaks the downward spiral of fear and avoidance. Individuals who receive treatment specifically targeted for PTSD, are often also participating in another form of therapy, such as DBT or CBT.
Family Support and Psychoeducation
Family members often struggle with understanding their loved ones’ disorders, and knowing how best to help them. Family sessions, with or without their loved one, are enormously helpful in supporting the client’s success in treatment. At NYP, I developed a group family support and psychoeducation program specifically for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. In my private practice, I meet with families individually.