One of the most important decisions that you can make in your recovery is which type of therapist to choose. A number of factors will come into play, including the type of DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) you are going for, whether to see a therapist who specializes in different types and whether or not seeing a male or female therapist will work better for you.
The decision of choosing a therapist will most likely be influenced by the type of DBT you chose. DBT is divided into three distinct categories: short-term therapy for people in early recovery, school-based therapy for teens, and outpatient therapy for adults. Each category has different needs, different goals and different benefits. See below for a little more information about each type.
This type of DBT is used to help clients become stable in early recovery, teach skills of recovery and get clients what they need to continue their new life without boundaries. This type of therapy is best suited for people looking to stabilize quickly in the first four months following treatment or relapse prevention treatment.
In school settings, DBT is used to teach skills and techniques in an environment that is comfortable for teens and to build their self-confidence enough to practice these skills on their own. In outpatient therapy settings, DBT offers long-term therapy where the client learns life-long skills that are used throughout recovery.
Because of the differences in each type of DBT, it is best if you choose a specialist for the type of treatment you will be getting. If you choose a therapist with experience in your type of treatment, chances are that they will already know what works best for them and have developed strong working relationships with others in your treatment program.
Because DBT has such a large variety of treatment approaches, it is better to seek out a therapist who specializes in DBT instead of choosing one that focuses on a single form of the therapy. Many therapists specialize in one particular aspect of the therapy and may not offer enough expertise to help their clients effectively.
The way you choose your therapist will play an important role in deciding how effective your treatment will be. For example, if you believe that you are well adjusted already and will not benefit from any additional therapy, then a skilled therapist will not be able to provide you with much help; likewise if you feel as though you need more intensive care than your current therapist can provide, then going somewhere else may be more beneficial.
Especially if you are just beginning your recovery, it is also a good idea to talk over the type of treatment you need with a therapist before you make any commitment. Sometimes knowing where you stand in your recovery will help guide your choice of therapist so that they can help ensure that they are receiving someone who is ready for the treatment.