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At GIA Miami, we understand that there are as many approaches to treating mental health and addiction issues as there are people who are suffering from these conditions. Each of us is psychologically and physically incredibly complex. This makes treating such problems an inordinately complex matter. One of the most important fronts on which healthcare specialists address mental wellness in general and addiction in particular is individual therapy. And at GIA Miami, we have found that different types of therapy working in concert with one another can be enormously beneficial to people who struggle with substance use and mental health issues. This is why one of the foundations of our programming is our full range of psychotherapy interventions. Among these, one of the most scientifically successful approaches we have found is a subset of cognitive-behavioral therapy called “dialectical behavior therapy.”

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

When we say that dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, we mean that it involves processing the issues surrounding your individual mental health concerns and your substance use. More specifically, in DBT, you open a dialogue with a therapist about issues that are getting in the way of your mental and physical well-being. What makes dialectical behavior therapy different from other cognitive-behavioral approaches, however, is precisely its “dialectical” approach. This involves bringing two opposing ideas together in order to approach problems more constructively.

In GIA’s dialectical behavior therapy program in FL, the two primary opposites that we focus on are the ideas of change (all things change; change is inevitable) and acceptance (acceptance of the fact that we are individuals with imperfections, acceptance of our situations, acceptance of that which is outside of our control, and so on). In DBT, you work with your therapist on accepting the undesirable or unstable aspects of your life in order to overcome them. For this reason, dialectical behavior therapy is especially useful when patients have difficulty managing their emotions or exhibit self-destructive behaviors. For the last 30 years, DBT has been an empirically validated and valuable tool for treating a range of mental health issues. And the clinical team at GIA is at the cutting edge of using it to address such issues and to combat substance use problems.

What Can I Expect in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program?

Our dialectical behavior therapy program in FL relies heavily on individual therapy sessions that are run by our expert team of mental health professionals. In these one-on-one sessions, you will draw directly upon the knowledge you have gained and practiced while undergoing other types of treatment modalities, like more general kinds of psychotherapy interventions. In this case, however, you will adapt and apply these behaviors to your life situations and develop healthy strategies for dealing with conflict and other stressful situations you may encounter in the real world.

At GIA, there is also an essential second component of our dialectical behavioral therapy program as well. At least once a week, our clinical team will meet to discuss patient progress and design strategies to ensure that our therapeutic programming is meeting your unique needs. This is the kind of interdisciplinary, clinically-informed, and personalized care you can always expect at GIA Miami.

Reach Out to GIA Miami Today

At GIA, we have programs to suit every level of mental health disorder and addiction, and a team of world-renowned clinicians is waiting to design a treatment program that suits your specific circumstances. If you or someone you care about is struggling with mental wellness issues or battling addiction contact us online or call 833.713.0828 today.