Dialectical Behavior Therapy Phone Coaching
When it comes to making real change, many receive effective support through individual and/or group therapy sessions, and they’re easily able to apply these knew skills and strategies to daily life. For others, it takes time, and maybe some help understanding how to apply learned strategies and skills to your life outside the therapy practice. Comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) incorporates a full range of therapy solutions, including phone coaching to help clients generalize new skills and strategies to be applicable to daily life.
What is DBT Phone Coaching?
The skills you discuss and ideas you explore in individual and group therapy sessions seem simple during your session. Then, you have to go back to your life, and it’s not always clear how to apply what you’ve learned during DBT sessions. Phone coaching is ideal when a crisis situation arises, you feel urges to self-harm, you engage in impulsive behaviors, or you’re in conflict with other people. Your therapist can help you work through the situation safely and effectively, applying your new knowledge as you move through your daily routines. When you call your therapist for phone coaching, be prepared to talk about:
- The current situation, urge, or problem
- Any coping skills you’ve already tried to manage the situation
- Other coping skills that may help that you’re unsure how to apply to your situation
On the phone, your therapist will discuss the situation, provide support, and help you find the right solution. You should expect these calls to last for about ten minutes.
How Does it Help?
There are many ways that phone coaching helps people who are engaged in comprehensive DBT therapy, including:
- Real-world application – phone coaching helps you take all your knowledge from group and individual therapy out into your daily life
- Decreased dependence on problematic behaviors – phone coaching is only effective prior to engaging in problematic or self-harming behaviors, so by calling instead, you are reducing your dependence on these behaviors
- Increased confidence – it can help you to feel more confident just knowing that there’s someone available to help if problems arise
- Safety net activated – in times of worry or crisis, your therapist is on call to help you avoid falling back on old patterns and help you find better solutions
Can I Call Anytime?
There are some limitations and boundaries to phone coaching. Each therapist will set their own parameters for this part of comprehensive DBT. During your introductory pre-treatment sessions, your therapist should walk you through appropriate expectations to help you feel prepared for this aspect of therapy. If you ever have questions about phone coaching, don’t hesitate to ask your therapist during your regular sessions or reach out between visits.
What do I do Next?
If you’re new to DBT and phone coaching, we are happy to answer any questions you have. Simply reach out to us when you feel ready, and one of our knowledgeable team members will be in touch to discuss your therapy options and schedule you first session. We know it can be difficult to take the first step to feeling better by scheduling an appointment with us, but we also know there are many benefits awaiting you when you partner with our therapists.