Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a specialized Cognitive Behavioral approach that has been developed for a type of personality that has extreme shifts in emotional state and behavioral instability, called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In addition, those with BPD may have tendencies toward self-injurious or suicidal behaviors, and have difficulty stopping themselves from acting upon these impulses. Simultaneous emphasis on acceptance and the need for change are at the core of this approach, and specific behavioral skills are learned and practiced to improve impulse control, emotional regulation, interpersonal interactions and overall functioning. The goal is to replace old, harmful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving with new, healthier ones.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of therapy that has been demonstrated by many research studies to be the most effective approach for a variety of psychological problems. The therapy relationship is collaborative and goal-oriented, and the focus on thoughts, beliefs, assumptions and behaviors is key. In CBT, the goal is for a person to develop more realistic and rational perspectives, and make healthier behavioral choices, as well as to feel relief from negative emotional states. Specific techniques, strategies and methods are used to help people to improve their mood, relationships and work performance.

Schema Therapy is similar to cognitive therapy in that the focus is on correcting problems in a person’s habitual patterns of thinking and feeling, and corresponding difficulties in his or her behavioral coping style. The focus is on identifying and understanding, and then challenging and overcoming the long-standing maladaptive patterns in thinking, feeling and behavior that create obstacles for a person in getting needs met and attaining life goals. As with standard CBT, the goal is for the person to feel better and enjoy greater life satisfaction.

CTA is a network of experienced therapists in the NY metro area who provide Cognitive Therapy and Schema-Focused Therapy. To inquire about an appointment, please call us at 212-258-2577.

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