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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that
looks at how our thought and behavior patterns effect our emotions. Dialectical thinking,
similar to its role in philosophy, is introduced as an alternative to intense, polarized
emotions. Rather than reacting to events as either perfect or unbearable, clients are
encouraged to recognize multiple viewpoints and bring them "into dialogue." Mindfulness is
taught as a method for becoming aware of one's actual, realistic experience in the moment,
and separating it from fears about the future or rumination about the past.  DBT is a way of
looking at life and situations that helps us to have less emotional suffering and better
relationships.  Four key areas are taught:  Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness,
Emotional Regulation, and Distress Tolerance.  DBT is effective in dealing with issues such
as:  anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, trauma, learning balance in life,
stress management, pain management, unhealthy relationships and learning to build a life
worth living.  DBT skills can be taught in individual sessions but are more effectively learned
in a group setting.
Affirmation Therapy
Affirmation Therapy is based on Drs. Conrad Baars and Anna Terruwe's theories that all
humans need the love of other human beings in order to reveal our goodness to us and that
one's ability to love is set free when that person sees himself or herself as good, worthwhile,
and lovable.  If a person has not been affirmed they are limited in their capacity to love
themselves and others.  Affirmation therapy is a way of "being" with and for a client as
opposed to "doing" something for the client.  It is about revealing the goodness of the client
to the client through the relationship with the therapist.  This then allows for emotional,
intellectual, and spiritual growth to occur.  The therapist teaches the client about the
emotional life and provides opportunities for the client to express his or her emotions in an
appropriate way.  The therapist will also teach the client about irrational beliefs that get in
the way of fully accepting oneself.  Affirmation Therapy is also based on an understanding
of the emotional life in the Christian anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas.
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