DBT Counseling Services in St. Louis: Cultivating a Life Worth Living

DBT Mastering the Skills, Tools & Mindful Approach to Take Back Your Life & Thrive

DBT is a researched, and proven effective way to approach difficulties with emotions, relationships, anxiety, and other types of distress. A core principle is learning mindfulness, which is a fancy way of saying, “Helping us think about what we want to think about, and concentrate on what we want to concentrate on.” DBT training can be done working individually with your counselor, and it has also proven successful for skills groups. Your counselor will be able to advise you about the best path forward. Keep reading to learn more about the DBT approach.

What Is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a counseling approach that involves far more than just talking with someone. Researchers found that many kinds of talk therapies never lead to improvement when risk-behaviors (self-harm, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, etc.) and emotional disruption are present. Thus, practitioners decide a new therapy model was necessary. DBT was developed and researched to address this need. Specifically, researchers analyzed the tension between behaviors, feelings, and thoughts and how they interact. DBT focuses on changing, improving, and building your skills in areas where you struggle with your behaviors, feelings, or thoughts.

Whether you’re struggling with serious risk behaviors or emotional disruption that put you in difficult situations daily or you’re aware of past behaviors, emotions, or thinkings you want to avoid, a therapist can work with you, using DBT, to address your situation right where you are. Our counselors know practical tools to help you. You can learn more by watching this video that gives additional information about DBT:

 
 

Is DBT Right For Me?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, DBT might just be a great fit for you:

  • Do you feel emotionally out of control sometimes?

  • Do you wish you could collect your thoughts and make better long-term decisions?

  • Do you wish you could stop the desire to numb out, or hurt yourself?

  • Would you like to have others stop worrying about you and let you live your life?

  • Do you have suicidal thoughts and urges regularly?

  • Do you act impulsively in ways that sometimes hurt you or that you regret?

  • Do you just wish you could stop all the chatter in your mind?

What Will DBT Work Look Like?

You will connect with one of our counselors who are trained in DBT. They will talk with you about your goals and current concerns. Together you will develop a plan for moving forward that may include individual and/or group DBT sessions. Counseling happens once a week (and more or less as needed), and your counselor becomes a coach for you through the DBT process.

If DBT is starting to sound like something that you could get on board with, then contact us now to speak to someone about moving forward. You can call us at (314) 632-6815, and if we can’t answer right away, we will get back to you ASAP.