DBT focuses on reducing emotional extremes, changing problematic thought patterns and teaching coping skills through a series of stages. This allows clients to regulate their emotions better, develop skills to live in the present and address the root problem. Part of DBT is also building a healthy lifestyle and working towards self-fulfillment. DBT is distinct from other therapies in that it strives to help the client find a balance between acceptance and change.
DBT skills help children be more aware of their emotions and the impact of their behavior. Children in DBT therapy will also learn skills to tolerate stressful situations and effectively express their thoughts and feelings. DBT presents coping skills and strategies in a way a child can understand and use. DBT therapy might focus on the following areas: Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Mindfulness.
ANXIETY MANAGEMENT GROUPS:
Anxiety Management Group provides psychoeducation on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills to help children manage fear and anxiety. Children with anxiety have negative, irrational, or unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, which lead to heightened feelings of anxiety. Helping clients to understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and to replace unhelpful, anxious self-talk with helpful, calming self-talk, are key goals in CBT.