Dialectical behavior therapy with Talkspace online therapy

Identify and change negative emotions and thought processes with the help of a Talkspace DBT therapist. Explore our online DBT therapy options and get the treatment you need.

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How Talkspace dialectical behavior therapy works

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What you’ll get from dialectical behavior therapy

Increased awareness

Become more aware of and attentive to how you’re feeling with guidance from a trained DBT therapist

Improved tolerance

Gain an increased tolerance for stressful situations as-they-arise oriented approach to rediscover your relationship’s strengths

Emotional regulation

Learn emotion regulation skills to recognize and adjust unhealthy or intense emotions as they come up

Navigate conflict

Learn positive responses and techniques for managing conflict

Empathy and resolution

Practice conflict-resolution strategies for improved empathy and problem-solving skills

Benefits of Talkspace

  • No appointments or commuting needed
  • Ongoing support — express yourself in real-time
  • Seamlessly switch therapists, at no extra cost
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Frequently asked questions

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that’s used to help identify and rethink negative emotional and thought patterns by using mindfulness and emotional regulation.
DBT teaches four essential skills to individuals seeking to develop better mental health and manage strong emotions: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills provide individuals with strategies to be mindful in the moment, better tolerate distressing experiences, effectively manage and regulate emotions, and learn how to effectively communicate with others.
Dialectical behavior therapy and its techniques, such as mindfulness and identifying emotional patterns, can be done in online DBT therapy sessions from the comfort of your home through Talkspace live video or audio sessions and text therapy.
CBT focuses on the thought processes behind behavior and emotions, while DBT uses CBT techniques to develop new, healthier coping skills. CBT is based on changing problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviors, while DBT emphasizes mindfulness and balance. While both can be incredibly effective, learn more about DBT vs. CBT to see what’s right for you.
There are two primary types of DBT: individual treatment and skills group. Individual therapy consists of one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist and helps ensure that specific needs are being met over a set period of time. A therapist will help a patient stay motivated, apply DBT skills to situations happening in their daily life, and address issues that arise over the course of treatment. Skills group treatment participants learn and practice skills alongside others who face similar challenges. DBT groups are led by a trained DBT therapist who teaches skills, leads exercises, and assigns homework such as practicing mindfulness. Regardless of whether treatment is done one-on-one or in a DBT group, DBT therapy follows a consistent approach. Therapists focus first on the most self-destructive behaviors while gradually addressing quality-of-life skills such as emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
The 24 hour rule in DBT therapy is a strategy used to help an individual reduce reactivity to an emotional trigger. This involves allowing 24 hours to pass before responding to the situation or other person in order to take a step back, gain perspective, and decide how best to approach the situation.
Research shows this form of therapy can successfully treat people experiencing depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The American Psychiatric Association endorses DBT as an effective treatment method, with those who seek treatment experiencing the following improvements: less anger, improved social functioning, less frequent and less severe suicidal behavior, and shorter hospitalizations.
The effects of DBT will vary depending on the individual and their mental health condition, but it typically takes 6 to 12 months of active participation in order to see significant progress and improved symptoms. A strong commitment to individual therapy sessions and/or group therapy is required to successfully see the effectiveness of DBT.
If your insurance plan covers behavior therapy, it will likely cover dialectical behavior therapy at Talkspace. More and more insurance plans are covering therapy or counseling, so check with your insurance company to confirm your coverage details for online dialectical behavior therapy. Learn more about insurance coverage for dialectical behavior therapy at Talkspace.
Yes, Talkspace does offer dialectical behavior therapy. Different therapists will have a variety of specializations in therapy approaches. Find a therapist at Talkspace that offers dialectical behavior therapy through the matching process.