If you live near Glendale, CA and are curious about the differences between CBT and DBT behavioral therapy, Dr. Taji Huang, Ph.D. is there to help. The same behavioral psychology backs both of them; however, there are notable differences that make each suited for different types of people.

What is CBT?

Short for cognitive-behavioral therapy, the focus is to teach people how their thoughts color and affect their behavior and feelings. Changing these can improve anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and other mild to moderate conditions like OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder).

This kind of behavioral counseling takes place in once-weekly sessions where the therapist teaches the patient skills that will help her solve a short or long-term problem. Depending on the condition and goal, these skills can be relaxation techniques, how to improve problematic thinking patterns, or remedies for lack of assertiveness and/or social skills. Typically therapy lasts for several months, until the problem has been solved or the person’s mood improves. The hope is that when the patient finds herself in a similar situation again, she has the tools necessary to be her own therapist.

What is DBT?

DBT, short for dialectical behavior therapy, is based on CBT but takes things a step further to treat people with severe issues. Originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder and persistent suicidal thoughts, it has also been used to help with complex PTSD, severe addictions, and eating disorders.

The most significant practical difference from CBT is that DBT includes at least one group session per week in addition to individual sessions. Skills are taught and practiced in the group setting, while the therapist helps each patient implement these skills in the one-on-one sessions. The idea of a group session might sound strange and scary at first, but there are several reasons why it’s helpful.

  • Learn in a safe environment
  • Practice with others who are struggling and learning too
  • Everyone learns the same set of skills at the same time
  • Support others on their journey like how they will support you

Even though everyone has their separate struggles and goals, the skills you’ll learn address the same root problems. An experienced therapist like Dr. Taji will make sure the group has the right mix of similarities and differences.

Get Your Free Consultation Today

Dr. Taji has used both CBT and DBT to help a wide range of people in Glendale, CA. If you or someone you know could benefit from behavior therapy, contact Dr. Taji today for your free consultation.

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