What is DBT?
Monarch uses many evidence-based therapies in its behavioral health practices, and our therapists and doctors are constantly staying up to date on new ways to help the people we support live fuller and healthier lives.
Many people may have heard of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy as approaches to help children with stress, anxiety and depression, but another practice that combines both of those approaches is something called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is a program that has been created specifically for young adults with borderline personality disorder, extreme emotional instability, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Monarch Clinical Director Chris Abbey explained that DBT "has become essential in outpatient behavioral health practices and is effective with treating substance use disorders, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as helping people in destructive relationship and those who are chronically suicidal or who may engage in self-harm behaviors. DBT is absolutely a tool that belongs in every therapist’s toolbox."
Monarch incorporates this practice, and Child Mind Institute, an organization dedicated to child and teen mental health care, recently published an article explaining what DBT is and how it is helping many people overcome their anxiety and depression.
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