Other Therapeutic Interventions

In addition to DBT, other therapeutic interventions often employed include:
Exposure Therapy: A technique used to treat anxiety disorders such as specific phobias and social anxiety. It involves helping a person approach a feared object/context without any danger in order to overcome their anxiety. A person may be exposed in vivo (in the actual environment), imaginal (imagine a situation), and/or interoceptive (confront feared bodily symptoms to include increased heart rate and shortness of breath).
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE): This is a type of therapy that helps you decrease distress about trauma. You will be helped by approaching trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and situations you have been avoiding due to the distress they cause. Repeated exposure to these thoughts, feelings, and situations helps reduce the power they have to cause distress. You will work with your therapist at your own pace and will usually begin with things that are less distressing and move towards things that are more distressing.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of therapy that helps you understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. It has been found effective in treating a wide range of disorders including phobias, addiction, depression, and anxiety.
Psychodynamic Therapy:In psychodynamic therapy, therapists help people review emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain insight into their lives and their present-day problems and to evaluate the patterns they have developed over time. Recognizing recurring patterns helps people see the ways in which they avoid distress or develop defense mechanisms as a method of coping so that they can take steps to change those patterns.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
TF-CBT is designed for youth who have experienced a significantly traumatic event. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help people experiencing clinical post traumatic stress return to a healthy state of functioning after a traumatic event. This therapy is used for the parents or caregivers, children, and adolescents in a way that decreases the negative behavior patterns and emotional responses that occur as a result of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or other trauma. Through TF-CBT, both parents and children learn how to process their emotions and thoughts that relate to the traumatic experience. They are given the necessary tools to alleviate overwhelming thoughts that can cause stress, anxiety and depression and are taught how to manage their emotions in a healthier way. The goal of TF-CBT is to allow both the child and the parent to continue to develop their skills and communication techniques in a healthy manner.

Anger Management: Anger can be the result of many different factors, some of which may not be recognized by the person experiencing the anger. For example, people who go through the pain of a divorce often suffer with untreated anger for years after the separation. Illness and death can cause those who grieve to feel extremely angry as part of the grieving process. Children who have suffered neglect or abuse may bury their emotional wounds for years, only to have the wounds resurface in adulthood in the form of anger and aggression. This natural emotion is the way our bodies and minds try to protect our inner selves from perceived threats. Even if an attack is not imminent, it is how we view a situation that creates the greenhouse for anger to grow. In many cases anger is a normal response and not problematic in a person’s life, but approximately one in five Americans faces the challenge of uncontrollable anger. Anger Management Focused Therapy gives the client a controlled platform for the release of his/her emotions while aiming to achieve positive, rather than negative, responses. Clients in therapy are encouraged to examine the circumstances that trigger their anger and to become aware of their emotional state at each level of their arousal.