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DBT in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York

What is emotional dysregulation? Some individuals experience emotions more intensely than others and have difficulties regulating them which often results in difficulties with anger management, frequent conflict, and/or impulsive behaviors. 

How do you treat emotion dysregulation? 

Dr. Sala has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (from the Connecticut VA and Yale University), and draws from it to help you with your difficulties with emotion regulation. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan for people who have difficulties dealing with emotions. DBT encourages change, but also promotes acceptance. It combines aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy and Zen mindfulness. Although initially developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder and suicidal ideation, it has now been shown to be effective in treating several psychological conditions characterized by emotion dysregulation. 

What does therapy look like?

Dr. Sala will work with you on building four skills:

1. Mindfulness: Dr. Sala will teach you how to focus the mind on the present moment and observe and describe what you are feeling and thinking in the moment with acceptance. Mindfulness can help you reduce reactivity to painful thoughts and emotions.

2. Interpersonal effectiveness: We can help you balance meeting your goals with keeping your relationships while maintaining self-respect. These skills can help reduce conflict, meet your goals in relationships, and build meaningful relationships.

3. Distress tolerance: We can teach you skills for surviving a crisis without making things worse. These skills can you help you reduce problem behaviors such as self-injury, substance use, binge eating, and angry outbursts.

4: Emotion regulation: We can work with you to help be more aware and accepting of your emotions, understand emotional experience, reduce emotional vulnerability, foster more positive emotions in your life, and decrease emotion suffering