Both depression and anxiety are common mental health concerns that can impact an individual’s emotional, mental, and physical state if left untreated. While some patients benefit from medication to manage these disorders, there are therapeutic treatment options that may be more effective. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a psychiatric treatment approach that can help those with anxiety or depression cope with their conditions and successfully manage their symptoms. Explore to learn all about DBT and how it may beneficial for you.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

More commonly referred to as DBT, dialectical behavior therapy is a psychiatric approach to treating mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. It may also be used in patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

DBT is a modified form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that varies from the original treatment in its focus. DBT emphasizes living in the moment and feeling more at ease with everyday life. This is achieved through proper stress management, regulating fluctuations in emotion, and maintaining healthy relationships with others.

Cyti Psychological utilizes dialectical behavior therapy in patients who have failed to see improvement in their depression or anxiety with other treatment methods. This may include patients who have tried psychiatric medications, mood stabilizers, counseling, or other types of cognitive-behavioral therapy.


How Does DBT Treat
Depression & Anxiety Disorders

Dialectical behavior therapy aims to reduce the severity of depression and anxiety disorders in a variety of ways. The overall treatment focuses on stress management, emotion regulation, and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Coping with Stress
Dialectical behavior therapy places a large emphasis on teaching patients healthy ways to cope with stressors. Stress is a major contributing factor for many patients struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. Stress can exacerbate the symptoms of an already-existing disorder, making it difficult to manage symptoms.
All of the following can lead to ongoing stress in a patient’s life:

Health Concerns
Finances & Housing
Romantic Relationships

Regulating Emotions
When someone suffers from depression or anxiety, it can feel impossible to control both positive and negative emotions.

These patients may experience extreme fluctuations in their moods. There can be periods of intense highs where they feel invincible and over-exert their mental or physical state. These are often followed by deep lows, in which they may then isolate themselves or remain in bed for an extended period of time.Cyti Psychological engages DBT to help patients regulate their emotions. Patients are encouraged to be more present and respond to the occurrences in their lives with a level of emotion that feels appropriate rather than excessive or intense.

Schedule now and start feeling better right away.


Maintaining Relationships

A focus on the quality of our most significant relationships is central to Cyti’s approach across disciplines and therapeutic paradigms. Maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships is a crucial aspect of managing mental health. Conditions like depression and anxiety can cause romantic relationships, friendships, or connections with family members to become strained. When this happens, it often leads to the affected individual falling deeper into their mental health disorder.

DBT therapycan be a powerful tool to help you strengthen your interpersonal relationships and improve your quality of life. We focus on the tools and resources you need to communicate better with the people around you. You’ll also be able to enhance your problem-solving skills, making it easier to resolve conflicts with friends or family.

No matter what you’re going through, You’re Not Alone.

Key Benefits Of DBT therapy

Anyone can utilize DBT therapy to improve their life. Here are some the most effective DBT skills commonly used to swap out negative thinking patterns, achieve higher results and experience a better quality of life

One of the core concepts of DBT, radical acceptance means acknowledging that some circumstances are beyond your control without judgment. By understanding that you have no power in a specific situation, your suffering and anger levels are reduced.

TIPP stands for Temperature change, Intense exercise, Paced breathing, and Paired muscle relaxation. It’s a helpful acronym to remember in times of crisis. When you feel overwhelmed, it can be easy to act irrationally and impulsively. TIPP encourages you to calm down and approach the situation with a clear mind.

Self-soothing works by focusing your primary senses to restore a sense of calm. Unlike TIPP, self-soothing is less effective in times of crisis. Instead, it’s better to practice it before a difficult situation hits, when you can find out which method works best for you when you already have a relatively clear and calm mind.

IMPROVE is another acronym that can reduce intense emotions when they get out of control. It stands for:
Imagery, Meaning, Prayer, Relaxation, One-thing-at-a-time, Vacation, and Encouragement. Each one is part of a larger technique for managing crisis and performing your best in dificult situations.

There are many different ways to be mindful and numerous individual appraoches to developing this skill. By learning how to be mindful in your everyday life, you’re giving yourself the power to take charge of yourself in a new way. The more you understand yourself, the better positioned you are to accept your current self and make changes for the better.

Does Online DBT Therapy Work?

Dialectical behavior therapy not only can be done from the comfort of your own home, but many patients also find it more effective this way. A main component in DBT’s success is a safe, comfortable environment for the client. Giving the client the freedom to choose this space for themselves makes DBT an ideal candidate for virtual mental health therapy.

Cyti Psychological therapists are dedicated to providing high-quality therapy to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Our fully licensed therapists are available to provide DBT and other types of therapy 24/7.

Read More about finding DBT therapy near you, or if you’re ready to start, Schedule your DBT session today

No matter what you’re going through, You’re Not Alone.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy At Cyti Psychological

DBT leverages an innovative approach to improving one’s quality of life, or treating more serious conditions such as depression and anxiety, by encouraging patients to be more present and live in the moment. The professionals at Cyti Psychological are well-versed in DBT toolsets and use this treatment to help patients regulate their emotions, develop more effective coping skills through DBT, and strengthen their relationships either trough individual or group sessions. For some clients CBT may be better than DBT.

Cyti Psychological is a passionate, dedicated and experienced provider of therapeutic care services for individuals dealing with mental health conditions. We understand that seeking treatment can be difficult, so we work hard to make the process easier for every patient.

Kari Peel
Ashley Laube
Clint Edwards
Mariam Pandes
Patricia Kovars