Elements of the Treatment
DBT is based on the idea that opposites can coexist and be synthesized. This means weighing out various points of view in any situation and constantly working on balancing an effort to change things with accepting things as they are.
Behavior therapy is based on the study of how things are learned. It focuses on helping people change ineffective ways of coping by learning new ways of coping and getting things done. It focuses on specific goals that can realistically be attained. For the most part, it is a "doing" therapy rather than a "talking" therapy.
Assumptions of DBT
- People in DBT are doing the best they can
- People in DBT want to improve
- People in DBT need to do better, to work harder, and be motivated to change
- The lives of suicidal individuals are unbearable as they are currently being lived
- People in DBT must learn new behaviors in all areas of their lives
- People cannot fail in DBT
- Make every reasonable effort to conduct competent and effective therapy. Obey standard ethical and professional guidelines. Are available for weekly therapy sessions, phone consultations, and provide needed therapy back-up
- Respect the integrity and rights of the patient
- Maintain confidentiality
- Obtain consultation when needed
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