The mindfulness module of DBT is the shortest module in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, yet it is often the hardest for clients to master. Mindfulness is the practice of being aware and staying in the present moment. Many clients at Blue Sky struggle with ruminating thoughts or cravings, making it extremely difficult to stay in the moment. Through the DBT module of mindfulness, clients are taught two major skill sets allowing clients concrete tools that will help them stay in the moment.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy at BlueSky is made up of two components. The first is an individual component. All therapists at BlueSky are familiar with DBT and utilize this training with clients in individual therapy. Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy diary cards allows our clients to get an individualized approach. These diary cards are used each and every week in order to obtain information on a daily basis about relevant emotions and behaviors. Tracking emotions and behaviors allows the client and their therapist to process patterns of thinking and behaviors. Individualizing DBT also allows for clients to spend more time learning this type of treatment.
The second component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment at BlueSky is the group therapy approach. Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups are offered four days a week at BlueSky. Mondays and Thursdays are skills-based DBT groups. In these groups, clients are taught specific Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills and how to apply them. On Wednesdays, clients participate in a DBT activity group. This group focuses on teaching clients how to apply DBT treatment into their lives. There is also a DBT weekend group offered at BlueSky. This group is aimed at helping clients plan for their weekend while identifying what DBT skills they can practice throughout the weekend. Individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy tutoring is also available.
The ultimate goal of BlueSky treatment is to help our clients replace negative coping skills with positive ones. DBT groups are part of a continuum of groups that focus on skills training and the processing of emotions. The individuals in these treatment groups examine specific issues relation to the individual’s past, the associate feelings, and its impact on current behavior. Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment at BlueSky provides a behavior therapy approach that has been proven to be effective with those who are struggling with mental illness and addiction.