Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Newport Beach

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, evidence-based therapeutic modality that was initially developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1980s to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Over the years, it has been adapted and expanded to treat a wide range of other mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction, among others.

At its core, DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques with elements from philosophical and contemplative practices, mainly from Buddhist mindfulness. The term “dialectical” refers to the therapy’s emphasis on balancing and integrating opposing concepts—namely, acceptance and change—to bring about positive behavioral outcomes.


Selecting a therapeutic approach and facility is a crucial step in one’s journey toward mental and emotional well-being. At 405 Recovery in Newport Beach, we have tailored our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program to offer an unparalleled healing experience. Here’s why choosing our DBT program is a decision that stands out:

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  • Expertise and Experience: Our team comprises highly-trained professionals specializing in DBT. With years of experience under their belts, they bring a depth of knowledge and an evidence-based approach, ensuring that each client receives the highest standard of care.
  • Individualized Care: Recognizing that every individual’s needs and challenges are unique, our therapists develop personalized DBT treatment plans. These plans are continuously evaluated and adjusted, ensuring that therapy remains responsive and relevant to each person’s evolving needs.
  • Comprehensive Approach: Beyond the foundational components of DBT, we integrate supplementary therapeutic techniques, holistic practices, and wellness activities. This comprehensive approach ensures that clients receive a well-rounded healing experience addressing both the mind and the body.
  • Robust Support System: Our DBT program goes beyond individual and group sessions. We offer crisis support, phone coaching, and resources, ensuring clients have the assistance they need at every step.
  • Holistic Integration: We understand the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical well-being. As such, our DBT sessions often integrate holistic practices like meditation, yoga, and mindfulness exercises, offering a comprehensive healing experience.
  • Community Building: Our group therapy sessions provide clients with a platform to share experiences, challenges, and victories. This fosters a sense of community and understanding, crucial for the therapeutic process.
  • Family Involvement: Recognizing the critical role of familial support in recovery, we offer sessions where families can be involved, ensuring they are equipped to support their loved ones through their healing journey.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Addiction Recovery at 405 Recovery in Newport Beach

DBT has proven to be a pivotal tool in addiction recovery. At 405 Recovery in Newport Beach, we’ve witnessed the transformative power of DBT for individuals grappling with various forms of addiction. Here’s a deeper exploration of how DBT facilitates addiction recovery:


  • Mindfulness: At the heart of DBT is the practice of mindfulness, which teaches individuals to be present and fully engaged in their current experiences without judgment. By fostering awareness of the present moment, those in recovery can gain a clearer perspective on their cravings and triggers, making them easier to manage.
  • Distress Tolerance: Addiction often arises as a means to escape or numb intense, overwhelming emotions. DBT equips individuals with tools to tolerate and navigate through these emotions without resorting to substance use. Techniques such as self-soothing, distraction, and acceptance are taught to help individuals face distressing situations without turning to their addiction.
  • Emotion Regulation: This component focuses on recognizing, naming, and managing emotional reactions. Individuals learn to identify and change negative emotional patterns that might lead to substance use. By understanding their emotions, they can develop healthier ways to cope.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Strong interpersonal skills are vital in addiction recovery, especially when navigating relationships that may be strained due to past behaviors. DBT helps individuals communicate assertively, set boundaries, and maintain healthy relationships, reducing the chances of relapse that can come from interpersonal conflicts.
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  • Holistic Approach: DBT doesn’t just address the addiction; it delves deep into the emotional and psychological factors underpinning it. By treating the root causes, DBT offers a more sustainable path to recovery.
  • Group Skills Training: DBT often involves group sessions where individuals can learn from and support each other. This fosters a sense of community and understanding, crucial for those in recovery.
  • Continuous Feedback: One of the unique aspects of DBT is the emphasis on continuous feedback between the therapist and the client. This ensures that the treatment remains effective and relevant to the individual’s changing needs.
  • Integration of Acceptance and Change: DBT balances the need for acceptance (of one’s current situation and past choices) with the need for change (adopting new behaviors and mindsets). This balance is particularly potent in addiction recovery, where individuals must come to terms with their past while actively working towards a healthier future.

What to Expect from Dialectical Behavior Therapy at 405 Recovery

Choosing 405 Recovery’s DBT program is choosing a comprehensive pathway toward emotional balance and mental well-being. From the initial consultation to the regular DBT sessions and practical skills training, we are with you at every step, ensuring that you are equipped with the tools and strategies necessary for genuine healing and self-growth.

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Begin Your Journey Towards Healing Today

Choosing DBT in Newport Beach at 405 Recovery means taking a decisive step towards understanding, personal growth, emotional stability, and a fulfilling life. Our dedicated and skilled therapists are here to guide you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today to begin your healing journey with DBT in Newport Beach. Your future self will thank you.



Dialectical behavior Therapy faqs

While DBT was originally developed for Borderline Personality Disorder, its techniques have shown effectiveness for various forms of addiction, emphasizing emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

At 405 Recovery, treatment plans are individualized, based on a comprehensive assessment of the person’s unique challenges and goals.

The duration of DBT treatment varies based on individual needs and progress. While some might benefit from short-term interventions, others might need extended engagement. Continuous evaluations determine the optimal duration.

Yes, when suitable for the individual’s healing journey, family members can be incorporated into therapy sessions, enhancing understanding and support in the recovery process.