CBT, ACT, and DBT
Understanding the Alphabet Soup
I work flexibly with several modalities according to your needs and goals.
I often interweave all three of DBT, CBT, and ACT because I appreciated each of these modalities for different reasons, and I've noticed that they can complement each other.
DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) provides pragmatic life skills that include interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, problem solving skills, emotional literacy, and distress tolerance. DBT aims to increase flexibility, reduce distress and interpersonal conflict, and enhance the meaning and joy you take from life.
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) teaches us that rather than avoiding, judging, or suppressing our inner experiences, we can come to develop a fruitful relationship with our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This better relationship can lead to a greater sense of choice, allowing us to live the life that is most meaningful to us, while acknowledging our past and current difficulties.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) aims to untangle the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When we feel trapped in a confusing fugue of painful experiences and emotions, CBT aims to slow down our automated reactions so that we can take a look at the mechanisms behind the misery. Then, we can start to make changes.
All three of these modalities seek to help people understand themselves better, understand others better, and feel more empowered in their lives.