- Are intense emotions getting in the way of living the life you want?
- Are impulsive or dysfunctional behaviors causing problems?
- Are your relationships conflictual and stressful?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed and don't know which direction to go?
- Are you feeling stuck or confused about your life and/or your identity?
If you answered 'YES' to any of these, psychotherapy can help. And in particular, Dialectical Behavior Therapy can help.
Therapy (psychotherapy) is a process of learning more about yourself. When you understand yourself better, you have more ability to change the patterns that might be getting in the way of feeling as good as you would like.
If you are like most people, you run on auto-pilot; having the same thoughts and reactions day in and day out. You often WANT to change certain patterns, such as negative thinking or using a substance to temporarily feel better, but you find that your engrained tendencies keep pulling you back to the familiar.
Therapy can help you think and act in new ways, by learning techniques to increase awareness to your thoughts and emotions, by learning how to let go and/or reframe unhelpful thoughts, and by learning how to cope in all types of emotional situations.
The first step in getting started in individual or group therapy is to fill out a 'Potential New Client' form and/or schedule an intake appointment via the online scheduler.
You can call me, but most likely you will have to leave a message. Be sure and tell me the best times to return your call or leave your e-mail address if I can respond that way.
DBT is a research-supported treatment which combines cognitive-behavioral theory and Eastern principles. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her colleagues at the University of Washington, DBT helps in regulating emotions, behavior, and thinking.
While DBT was designed for individuals with borderline personality disorder, it is used for patients with other diagnoses as well. Many clients with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders find DBT particularly helpful.
Psychotherapy using DBT has been shown to be most effective by doing both individual and group therapy sessions.
1) Emotion Regulation: Learning how to understand your emotions and how to reduce the intensity of emotions
2) Mindfulness: Learning how to live more in the present moment and have more control of your mind
3) Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning how to build and maintain relationships
4) Distress Tolerance: Learning how to tolerate and accept painful times without making things worse.
DBT SKILLS TEACH CLIENTS TO:
- Decrease problematic, impulsive and/or addictive behaviors, like self-injury, temper outbursts and substance use.
- Regulate strong and intense emotions.
- Improve social, relationship, and communication skills.
- Increase self-awareness, insight and judgment.
I treat adults and adolescents using Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and other modalities as needed for the following behaviors/problems:
Depression and Anxiety Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
I have been trained and have used various therapeutic modalities over the years, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, and of course, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I have found that I pull from all of these modalities in working with my clients, but do find that DBT is the most helpful for the vast majority of clients I see, no matter what their diagnosis is.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) teaches how to accept the reality of your life while also learning to change dysfunctional behaviors and thought patterns that have developed over time.
'Dysfunctional' means it is not working in your life, but that behavior may have served you well in the past. For instance, if someone was in a relationship with a person who was abusive and aggressive, then that person might have learned to not speak up for what they wanted or needed because to do so would make them more likely to get yelled at or hurt in some way. Once the person got out of that relationship, and no longer had anyone in their lives who treated them in abusive ways, there is still a good chance that the person had a more passive communication style because of how it protected her in the past.
We ALL have certain patterns that we have developed over our lives, such as how we judge/talk to ourselves, how we are in our relationships (controlling, clinging, co-dependent, insecure, avoidant, etc.), how we take care of ourselves, or how we cope with stress.
Some patterns might help you feel better temporarily, like avoiding putting yourselves in situations that increase your anxiety, but don't serve you longer-term. DBT skills are designed to both help change what isn't working or serving you, AND how to increase your tolerance to discomfort since you do not often have much control of others around you or the circumstances that happen in your life.
DBT was designed to include both individual therapy and a weekly skills training group. It offers the skills to help clients become effective at managing their emotions, changing their thoughts, improving their coping skills and improving their communication and relationship skills.
The office is located on the West side of Mopac at Cima Serena Drive (between Steck and Hwy. 183) in the Woods II office complex.
You may park in any available space.
NOTE: Google Maps does not give good directions to the office so find your directions below.
DIRECTIONS FROM SOUTH AUSTIN
Scenic Option 1: Take Mopac (Loop 1) North to Steck Avenue. Turn left (heading west) on Steck. Travel approximately four blocks to Greenslope Drive (first stop sign) and turn right (heading north). Go one block to Cima Serena Drive (at stop sign) and turn right (heading east). Stay on Cima Serena several blocks to Mopac frontage road.
Highway Option 2: Take Mopac (Loop 1) to Braker/360 Exit and take the switchback (U-turn) onto the Mopac frontage road heading south. Stay on the Mopac frontage road until you come to Cima Serena Drive.
DIRECTIONS FROM NORTH MOPAC
Travel Mopac (Loop 1) South and exit at the first Steck exit (do not take the second Steck exit). Stay on the frontage road and look for Cima Serena Drive on your right.
DIRECTIONS FROM 183 NORTH
Travel 183 South and take the 360 Exit. Continue south, through the intersection, on the frontage road. Stay on the frontage road, following it around the curve as it changes to the Mopac frontage road; stay on the frontage road, until you see Cima Serena Drive on your right.
DIRECTIONS FROM 183 SOUTH
Travel 183 North and take the exit for Mopac (Loop 1) North. Take the Braker/360 Exit and take the switchback (U-turn) onto the Mopac frontage road heading south. Stay on the frontage road until you come to Cima Serena Drive.
You can now schedule your appointment online.
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