Therapy for Healthy Habits and a Peaceful Mind
Dr. Debra Gill, NJ Psychologist
Dr. Debra Gill, Clinical Psychologist
124 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039Phone: (973) 820-5174 Website: www.eatingdisordertherapistnj.com
DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. It is a treatment that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Eastern philosophies that emphasize the development of mindfulness and non-judgemental acceptance. DBT teaches more than 40 concrete skills and strategies that increases your self awareness and improve your ability to soothe yourself, tolerate distress, and cope effectively with emotions. By using DBT skills, you can avoid unwanted or harmful behaviors including binge eating, emotional overeating, addictive eating, and/or purging.
Group instruction in DBT skills combined with weekly individual meetings has been shown by research to be extremely effective as a treatment for Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. DBT groups offer a validating environment where you can learn alongside others struggling with their own eating issues.
I lead DBT skills education and coaching groups that meet weekly. Ideally, as a group participant, you will also meet with me individually once a week to discuss how you are applying the skills you are learning and to develop strategies for challenging situations. You may also continue with your current therapist while attending the DBT group.
Individual DBT Skills Education and Coaching
If a group setting is inconvenient or uncomfortable for you (or during times in the year when I don't have a group running), I can teach and coach you to use DBT skills as part of individual therapy or weight-loss coaching.
If desired, I can also coach you in DBT as an adjunct to your current therapy if you are already seeing someone who is not an expert in teaching these skills.