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What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

It takes constant effort to keep your family healthy and safe in the world as it is, even to maintain basic needs like education and healthcare. But when adolescents and teens are faced with complex mental health challenges that affect the whole family, the sense of helplessness and isolation can seem frightening and unmanageable. There are so many mental health programs and providers out there with different treatments and philosophies. If you have an adolescent or teen who has experienced behavior therapy before and hasn’t made progress, you may not know what to do next.

The Best Programs Use Evidence-Based Treatments That Are Known to be Effective

Beyond Healthcare is a mental health center that was created by a team of doctors and professionals who understand how vital well-designed specialized care is for adolescents and teens from ages 6-17 and their families. We draw from many different behavior therapies that have been proven effective through research to create individual plans for our learners.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the most effective treatments to grow out of years of research into therapy for young people. DBT was first used to treat people with borderline personality disorder who were chronically suicidal. It was very effective at this, but soon researchers discovered that DBT was also a powerful treatment for many familiar mental health challenges faced by adolescents and teens, including:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Substance dependence
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Builds on Both Acceptance and The Need for Change

Professional therapists at Beyond Healthcare who practice good DBT are explorations of empathy and understanding. Each learner has to be comfortable with who they are and feel accepted by the therapist while also understanding that it is possible to build strategies for positive change. Acceptance and change may seem like opposites, just as the word “dialectical” implies, but the two concepts working together can be a catalyst for lasting results. Learners who experience progress in DBT usually go through four stages:

  1. Feeling out of control and lost, unable to stop or curb destructive behaviors and attitudes
  2. Finding stability and better control, but now feeling depressed and still dwelling on past traumas or events
  3. Reconnection with life and a chance to start building goals for the future with a more positive attitude
  4. Finding more profound meaning in life and thriving in the quest for personal life goals

Treatment at Beyond Healthcare is Always Inclusive and Holistic

Healing the mind, body, and spirit of our learners and their families is the cornerstone of all treatment philosophies at our care center in Toledo. Through fun and engaging programs like music and art therapy, we engage adolescents and teens in a variety of environments and social opportunities that build confidence in all facets of their lives. We reach out to all families with customized and flexible care plans that give you and your family a schedule that works well without disrupting your life. We have many possible opportunities for excellent care that include:

  • Telehealth
  • Daytime and afterschool therapy
  • Community care coordination
  • Afterschool therapy
  • Weekday appointments
  • Medication management

We Accept Medicaid and Private Insurance for Therapy

Call us today at 833.698.0453 if you are ready to find out how to craft a care plan just for you and your family, or even if you still have questions about our programs or different therapies and how they work. We will meet you where you are and show you how our loving community can erase the isolation and fear of mental health challenges. Improved self-awareness, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills can be achieved at Beyond Healthcare.