COVID-19 OUTBREAK: We are currently still accepting new clients during the covid-19 outbreak that need therapy. We are currently seeing clients via teletherapy other than the delivery of therapy nothing else has changed, you still have access to your therapist, you’ll still have one-on-one therapy and group if that is something you attend. If you are a new client rest assured we are doing everything to help everybody we see during this time. Please  fill out new patient intake forms located above if you would like to see one of our therapists. We are here to help!

What is DBT?

What is DBT therapy and how do I know it is right for me?

We Accept Insurance

We are one of the full DBT Clinics that bill to Insurance Companies. Please contact us for details.

Freedom with DBT.

Do you also take teens for DBT therapy?

In the DBT program here at Applied DBT, we are the only facility in San Diego that accepts insurance and follows the adherent DBT protocol as designed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. Additionally, we are the only program that offers the complete DBT program. Our DBT program is a complete DBT program and requires a 6 month commitment to engage in the following treatment modalities:

DBT Multifamily skills training group meets every Monday or Wednesday for 2 hours. Adolescents are required to attend on a regular basis throughout the 6 month commitment and a parent is additionally required to attend to develop the DBT skills so that they can work more effectively together. Each week teen and family will be required to practice the skills taught in session and bring it back the next week to discuss their experience practicing the skill.

DBT Individual Psychotherapy are 60 minute sessions one time per week. In individual therapy the teen will be required to maintain a diary card throughout the week tracking his/her emotions, behaviors, urges and use of the skills. When a behavior has occurred or an urge arises we will complete a chain analysis together to identify the prompting event and what DBT skills could have been used and where in the chain they could be inserted in the future. Additionally, skills taught that week will be reviewed to ensure that he/she understands the skill and knows how to use it. Additionally, during individual session the teen will be coached on how to use accurate expression of his/her emotions and validation.

Emergency Skills Coaching is available by phone for a call that is less than 20 minute phone call. Throughout the 6 month commitment teens will be allowed to phone their individual therapist 24 hours 7 days a week for skills coaching in the event he/she feels that he/she is highly emotionally dysregulated and has the urge to engage in a behavior that is harmful to herself or others.

Family DBT Therapy one time per month. Family sessions will occur on average one time per month. However, the family will be offered support when necessary and can ask for assistance at any time during the Monday or Wednesday Skills Training Group, as there are always 2 therapists running the group minimally each week.

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Applied DBT.
Here’s what its all about

  • Core Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Emotional Regulation Skills
  • Creating lives worth living.
  • Creating a safe environment for healing.
  • Complete support for change.
  • Caring and compassionate professionals.
  • Support when you need it the most.

Applied DBT Skills

The general goal of skills training is to learn to refine skills in changing behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with problems in living that are causing misery and distress.

Core Mindfulness Skills
Mindfulness is one of the core concepts behind all elements of DBT. Mindfulness is the capacity to pay attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Mindfulness is all about living in the moment, experiencing one’s emotions and senses fully, yet with perspective. It is considered a foundation for the other skills taught in DBT,
because it helps individuals accept and tolerate the powerful emotions they may feel when challenging their habits, patterns of behaviors, or exposing themselves to upsetting situations. This module assists one in learning how to be in control of your own mind, instead of letting your mind be in control of you; it is learning to go within to find oneself and learning to observe oneself. This module assists one in experiencing and identifying a self; decreases a sense of emptiness; and teaches one how to maintain one’s own feelings, opinions, and decisions when around

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
Interpersonal response patterns taught in DBT skills training are very similar to those taught in many assertiveness and interpersonal problem-solving classes. They include effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict.The interpersonal effectiveness module focuses on situations where the objective is to change something (e.g., requesting that someone do something) or to resist changes someone else is trying to make (e.g., saying no). One learns how to cope with conflictual situations; to get what one wants and needs; to say no to unwanted requests and demands, while maintaining a sense of self-respect and others’ liking and respecting you. The skills taught are intended to maximize the chances that a person’s goals in a specific situation will be met, while at the same time not damaging either the relationship or the person’s self-respect. This module assists one in decreasing intense, unstable relationships, and assists with skills that help in maintaining relationships.

Emotional Regulation Skills
This module assists one in learning to understand your own emotions, reduce emotional vulnerability, and decrease emotional suffering. This module assists one in learning how to modulate some emotions; thereby, enhancing emotional regulation and decreasing extreme emotional sensitivity, ups and downs, moodiness, intense emotional reactions, chronic depression, and problems with anger. This module recognizes that having ineffective health habits can make one vulnerable to high intensity emotions and assists with skills that maintain a healthy body so one is more likely to regulate one’s emotions.
Distress Tolerance Skills
Distress tolerance skills constitute a natural development from DBT Mindfulness Skills. They have to do with the ability to accept, in a non-evaluative and nonjudgmental fashion, both oneself and the current situation. Although, this is a nonjudgmental stance, that does not mean it is one of approval, liking it, or resignation. The goal is to become capable of calmly recognizing negative situations and their impact, rather than becoming overwhelmed or hiding from them. This allows individuals to make wise decisions about whether and how to take action, rather than falling into intense, desperate, and often destructive emotional reactions. This module assists one in learning how to tolerate and accept distress; thereby, decreasing impulsive behaviors, such as alcohol, drugs, eating, spending, sex, fast driving, and other self-injurious behaviors.

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