Our Myrtle Beach therapists and Surfside Beach therapists use DBT to help clients decrease anxiety. Anxiety can often feel paralyzing. DBT is a type of therapy that uses strategies to help you decrease the intensity level of your emotions so that you can enjoy the quality of your life. DBT has been used by counselors to help clients with Anxiety. DBT was created by Marsha Lineman and it focuses on the following 4 modules:
Anxiety shifts your focus to future worst-case-scenarios. Our counselors use mindfulness by helping you focus on the present, we’re able to ground ourselves on the here and now. Mindfulness helps you build the “here and now” muscle, by shifting your attention to what’s going on inside of you (thoughts and feelings), and what’s happening on the outside of you (what you can see, hear etc.). In learning about mindfulness techniques, I also help clients differentiate between “Emotion Mind”, “Rational Mind” and practice using the “Wise Mind” technique.
2. Distress Tolerance– This strategy helps you manage intense emotions in a proactive way. During your session, you will learn ways to distract yourself, self-soothing skills, and discuss pros and cons of the situation.
A good distress tolerance exercise I practice with my clients during session is called the “STOP” technique by Marsha Linehan:
S stands for “STOP” Don’t react, just stop yourself.
T- stands for Take deep breaths to bring your awareness to the here and now.
O- Observe what’s going on inside of you (Thoughts, feelings), and observe what’s going on outside of you
P- Proceed mindfully (using the Wise Mind technique).
3. Emotion Regulation– In this strategy, you learn effective ways to manage painful emotions, and building positive experiences.
4. Interpersonal Effectiveness– This strategy helps you practice expressing your needs in a validating environment, practice saying “no”, and overall improving the quality of your relationships.
We have counselors in Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach who provide DBT. To schedule an appointment for DBT, or to find out if DBT is the right treatment for you, please call 843-894-0000