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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE)

DBT-PE is an adaptation of standard DBT that is specifically designed to treat trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

While standard DBT is highly effective in helping people gain more control over their behaviors and regulate their emotions, additional treatment may be needed to address underlying trauma responses. In DBT-PE, clients initially work with the therapist to establish safety and gain the skills needed to cope with addressing trauma. While continuing in all modes of standard DBT, DBT-PE then addresses memories and beliefs related to the client’s trauma history. This stage takes approximately 3-4 months to complete on average. The final stage of therapy addresses any potential challenges that can arise after treating PTSD.

Being aware of your Feelings through DBT-PE

The first step of DBT-PE is to help clients become more aware of how they are feeling and what triggers them to feel this way. This involves helping the client identify their emotions, recognize patterns in their behavior, and learn new ways of responding to difficult situations. Through this process, clients can develop a greater understanding of themselves and gain insight into why certain things may trigger them or make them feel overwhelmed.

Managing Emotions and Thoughts with DBT-PE Therapy​

The second step focuses on teaching clients skills for managing their emotions and thoughts. This includes teaching skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, problem-solving, and interpersonal effectiveness. Through these skills clients can learn how to better manage their emotions in the moment and develop healthier ways of responding to difficult situations.

Confronting Trauma through DBT-PE Therapy ​

The third step involves Prolonged Exposure (PE). During PE sessions, clients are guided through a structured process to help them confront traumatic memories that they may be avoiding or have difficulty processing. The goal is to help the client gain mastery over their trauma by facing it directly in a safe environment with the support of a trained therapist.

Is DBT-PE The Right Therapy for me?

DBT-PE provides an effective treatment for individuals who have experienced trauma or PTSD as well as those struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship issues. By combining elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure, DBT-PE offers a comprehensive approach to healing from trauma and creating lasting change in one’s life.

We Can Help.

If you or a loved one can benefit from Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), we are here to help.
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