6025 Atlantic Blvd Suite A, Norcross, GA 30071, USA

(770) 452-0786

Developed by MARSHA LINEHAN

DBT STAGE I DBT targets behaviors in a descending hierarchy:
Decreasing high-risk suicidal behaviors
Decreasing responses or behaviors (by either therapist or patient) that interfere with therapy
Decreasing behaviors that interfere with/reduce quality of life
Decreasing and dealing with post-traumatic stress responses
Enhancing respect for self
Acquisition of the behavioral skills taught in a group
Additional goals set by patient

Developed by THOMAS LYNCH

RO-DBT STAGE I focuses on these additional skills:

Decrease Emotional Loneliness,
Improve Communication Skills,
Adjusting Bio-temperamental Reactivity,
Decreasing Rigid Thinking

In Stage 1, the person is often miserable and their behavior is out of control: they may be trying to kill themselves, self-harming, using drugs and alcohol, and/or engaging in other types of self-destructive behaviors.


The goal of Stage 1 is for people to move from being out-of-control to achieving behavioral control.

THE 4 STAGES OF DBT


What does a protocol Stage I DBT & RO-DBT

program look like?

It has 4 major components:

1  INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Individual therapy is a  60-90 minutes session each week. Within a session, you will get a chance to cover:

  • diary cards

  • homework application 

  • behavioral chain analysis

  • coping ahead solutions

  • role play & visualization of new skills

  • therapeutic concerns of the week.

Individual therapy helps to support clients’ motivation and their ability to apply the skills to within their everyday lives.

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 2  SKILLS CLASSES

DBT skills class is an instructional class where instructors teach the DBT skills and assign homework for clients to use during difficult challenges in all relevant contexts (e.g., home, work, school). Classes meet on a weekly basis for approximately 2-hours.

Modules taught are:

  1. Mindfulness

  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness

  3. Emotion Regulation

  4. Distress Tolerance

  5. Walking the Middle Path Skills

  6. Radical Openness

3  IN VIVO SKILLS COACHING

DBT phone coaching provides clients with “real-time” DBT skills coaching on how to use skills to effectively cope with difficult situations. Clients can call their individual therapist between sessions to receive skills coaching when help is most needed.

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4  CONSULTATION TEAM

DBT therapist consultation aims to support DBT providers in their work with people who often have complex and severe disorders. The consultation team is designed to ensure that therapists remain confident in their abilities as therapists and are adherent to the model. Our team meets weekly for 2 hours, and often has consultation breaks throughout the week.


Our therapists not only work well together, we also train, learn, and travel well together. Our families socialize together. The point is that a cohesive team means that you can rely on all of us--not just a single individual therapist. 

STAGES II, III, & IV

WORLDWIDE, ONLY AVAILABLE AT ATLANTA DBT CENTER

Misty Forest

STAGE II: DBT-PE

Peaceful Candle and Flowers

STAGE III: DBT-DMC

Two Dried Leaves

STAGE IV: DBT-DMC

Prolonged Esposure

The goal of Stage 2 is to help the client move from a state of quiet desperation to one of full emotional experiencing. This is the stage in which post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would be treated if part of the client’s diagnosis.

Developed by MELANIE HARNED

My-ndful Mentalization

&

Dialectical Patterns

In Stage 3, the challenge is to learn to live: to define life goals, build self-respect, and find peace and happiness.

Developed by

MINAL SHAH & STEPHEN MARKS

with

MICHAEL MCALEER

Cognitive Resiliency

 

In the 4th stage, the goal of treatment is  to move from a sense of incompleteness towards a life that involves an ongoing capacity for experiences of joy and freedom.

Developed by MINAL SHAH

with

MICHAEL MCALEER &

STEPHEN MARKS