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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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dialectical behavior therapyEvidence-based therapies are the gold standard for treating many mental health disorders in the behavioral health industry. These psychotherapeutic approaches have been extensively evaluated and investigated for many years to verify their effectiveness in treating mental illness. Clear Recovery Center employs evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches for a truly integrative approach to their virtual intensive outpatient program.

The Tele-IOP, or virtual IOP, is an online treatment program that gives users great freedom regarding time, scheduling, transportation, or geographical location. Californians now have access to professional mental health care wherever they reside or the availability of in-person services in their area.

One of the most effective therapies in behavioral health is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Our experienced and professional staff can now bring this treatment to underserved populations, thanks to our online behavioral therapy program. For more information about our virtual IOP and the benefits of DBT, call 866.680.0969.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Developed in the 1980s by Dr. Marsha Linehan, dialectical behavior therapy is a cognitive-behavioral treatment initially developed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is a mental illness characterized by impulsive and self-destructive behavior, difficulty regulating emotions and mood, and issues with relationships. DBT has since been expanded to treat other mental health disorders, including but not limited to:


Bipolar disorder

Eating disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The goal of DBT is to help patients learn how to regulate their emotions and improve their interpersonal skills to manage triggers, stressors, and relapses better. This allows patients to experience a more balanced and stable life. The “dialectical” in DBT refers to the duality of accepting both the patient’s current reality and their goals when setting treatment plans. The “behavior” refers to the focus on behavioral change rather than purely cognitive intervention.

How Does DBT Work?

During DBT treatment, patients learn skills in four main areas:


Distress tolerance

Interpersonal effectiveness

Emotional regulation

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and accepting one’s thoughts and feelings without judgment. It helps patients become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors as they arise, allowing them to better regulate and respond to these experiences.

Distress tolerance refers to the ability to tolerate difficult emotions and situations without engaging in self-destructive or impulsive behaviors. Patients learn how to cope with difficult emotions in a healthy way and how to avoid making things worse in the moment.

Interpersonal effectiveness refers to the ability to effectively communicate with others and negotiate in a way that meets one’s needs without causing harm to oneself or others. Patients learn how to assert themselves, set boundaries, and say “no” in a respectful and effective manner.

Emotional regulation is the ability to manage emotions in a healthy and productive way. It involves understanding the roots of one’s emotions and learning how to respond to them so that they don’t make things worse.

DBT treatment is typically provided in individual and group therapy sessions.

What to Expect in Online Behavioral Therapy?

At Clear Recovery Center, we are proud to offer a virtual IOP that makes it easy for anyone in California to access high-quality DBT treatment. Our online program provides the same evidence-based care offered by in-person programs but with the added convenience of being able to participate from the comfort of your own home.

In a Tele-IOP, clients log on to treatment through a secure HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform. Clients attend virtual therapy three hours a day, three days a week. Treatment usually spans a six to eight-week time period; however, treatment may be extended based on clinical need. Our Master’s-level therapists take each client’s physical, emotional, and mental health into account.

Reach Out to Clear Recovery Center for Dialectical Behavior Therapy Online

Clear Recovery Center’s Virtual Program is perfect for those California residents whose schedules or other life circumstances preclude them from attending in-person mental health therapy sessions. Alternatively, the virtual IOP can supplement existing in-person therapy and provide extra support.

With telehealth, almost anyone can experience the compassionate and comprehensive care provided by Clear Recovery Center. Contact 866.680.0969 today to discover how DBT and Clear Recovery Center can help you regain a life of enrichment and fulfillment.

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