DBT Group Bay Area

Psychotherapeutic treatments have relied for years on the fact that human beings have a nature to learn and cooperate in groups. If we think about it, we have all grown up in groups, whether in a family or school life, as workers or as citizens. We develop as human beings always in group settings.

It is no different when we talk about dialectical behavioral therapy in the Bay Area. 

DBT groups in the Bay Area provide our patients with a context for sharing problems or concerns, better understanding their own situation, and learning together with others. 

Although this is one of the most popular modalities for obtaining DBT therapy, many people have questions about how group therapy works and what to expect. And because we believe that the first step in taking care of your mental health is to have as much information as possible about the options available to you, we've compiled the most frequently asked questions about our DBT group program. Let's get started.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a type of therapy specifically geared toward adults and adolescents who have emotional dysregulation, personality disorders, depression, and other similar mental conditions. DBT is a scientifically validated treatment proven to be the most effective therapy for these patients.

The goal of DBT requires the patient to learn skills that enable them to move from behavioral chaos and hopelessness to a meaningful and self-validating life. 

What is a DBT group like?

The treatment is carried out in groups, considering that group work has several advantages: as the skills are put into practice with a group of patients immersed in the same task, they can learn from each other and also, belonging to a group decreases isolation and increases the feeling of being understood. In the groups, standard behavioral therapy techniques are used: supervised rehearsals of new skills, work with feedback, homework, among others.

Is DBT good for ADHD?

Yes. In fact, the CDC recognizes behavioral therapy as one of the most effective treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. 

What are the four modules of DBT, and what are the primary skills that patients develop?

These four modules refer to general categories of skills that we focus on during the treatment program. These are mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.

What can I expect from DBT?

Broadly speaking, this therapy's goal is to achieve "a life worth living." This is different for each patient: for example, their life would be worth living if they have a job, develop their vocation, or manage to have a stable partner. This goal is defined at the beginning of the treatment, and we will work throughout the cycle to achieve it.

You can find more information by talking directly with one of our professionals to orient you on the different ways you can take care of your mental health. At Bay Area Mental Health, we are known for our focus on DBT group treatment and Couples counseling in San Francisco, CA. So don't hesitate to contact Bay Area Mental Health to speak with a qualified addiction specialist: (408) 508-3611