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DBT, For Therapists, Substance Use

What Topics to Prioritize In Therapy?!

Does it sometimes feel like you don’t know how to prioritize everything going on in your life? Especially when you are in your therapy session, it might feel like there is so much to talk about. Is can be frustrating if your therapist focuses on a different aspect than what your emotions are wanting to focus on. When using DBT, there is a hierarchy of targets that help guide a single therapy session. This same hierarchy also guides the overall process of therapy. The reason behind this hierarchy is to create progress in therapy that focuses on the highest acuity issues. We must stabilize these "targets" prior to dealing with any other issues brought to therapy.

DBT, Family Therapy, Substance Use, Videos

DBT for Substance Use Treatment

Watch Laura's interview (or read the full transcript) with Sandstone Care, a treatment program in Rockville Maryland for teens and young adults with co-occuring substance use and mental health concerns. We talk about how DBT fits into substance use treatment as well as the basics of family therapy and the biosocial theory.