Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques with emotion regulation and reality testing. This modality incorporates concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful-awareness. Many individuals with substance use disorder as well as trauma experience a dysregulated nervous system, resulting in the inability to process emotions in a healthy manner. DBT effectively assists clients with skills to balance their thoughts and feelings in a way that produces internal harmony. DBT Skills Training teaches clients skills that will enable them to tolerate emotional distress. Skills learned through this therapeutic approach will offer clients the ability to move though uncomfortable feelings without engaging in harmful, damaging behaviors. Clients will be offered alternatives to the habits they have developed and be provided a space to “practice” using them. This approach has been shown to be particularly effective in alleviating urges for self-harm and assists with impulse control. Clients begin to feel empowered to manage their feelings. The result is more thoughtful, mature, decision making ability and a sense of peace and calm. DBT effectively assists clients with learning to balance their thoughts and feelings in a way that produces internal harmony. At Safe Harbor, Our experienced clinicians will utilize DBT skills groups to focus on ways clients can incorporate these new tools in their everyday life.

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Where Can I Find Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?


For more than 25 years, Safe Harbor Treatment Center in Costa Mesa, California has been serving the needs of those who need evidence-based treatment for addiction, including medication assisted treatment. Safe Harbor Treatment Center offers a sub-acute residential detox, addiction treatment programs for women, as well as intensive outpatient services (IOP).

Our state licensed beds provide the services needed for a safe detoxification from addictive substances. Our facility also provides a safe space for women to build empowering relationships with one another, construct a support system, develop meaningful friendships and explore gender-specific issues in an understanding and compassionate environment. Safe Harbor also partners with local intensive outpatient services for women suffering from addiction and trauma.

Contact us to speak with our Admissions Department. Our specialists are compassionate and patient, because we understand the stress and suffering you or a loved one can be experiencing. We’re here to help.