Can You Practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy Over Zoom?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy often used to treat individuals who struggle with intense emotions and impulsive behaviors, such as those with borderline personality disorder (BPD). While some individuals may prefer in-person therapy, learning DBT skills through online platforms such as Zoom is now possible. 

Many mental health professionals and treatment centers have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by offering DBT services online, providing greater accessibility and convenience for individuals with difficulty attending in-person sessions. 

Is DBT effective over Zoom?

Learning Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills over Zoom sessions online in group therapy sessions is possible. Many mental health professionals and treatment centers offer DBT group therapy sessions online through video conferencing or other virtual platforms.

DBT group therapy is a core component of the treatment modality, as it allows individuals to learn and practice skills in a supportive and structured environment. While some individuals may prefer in-person group therapy, online group therapy can provide similar benefits, such as connecting with others experiencing similar challenges, receiving feedback and support from peers, and practicing skills in a safe and structured setting.

Ensuring that the online group therapy sessions are led by a qualified mental health professional (such as qualified therapists at Grouport) trained and experienced in delivering DBT group therapy online is crucial. The therapist should also ensure the group is conducted safely and securely, with appropriate measures to protect individuals' privacy and confidentiality.

While there may be some challenges to learning DBT skills over online group therapy sessions, it is possible. It can be an effective way to receive treatment for individuals who cannot attend in-person group sessions or prefer the convenience and flexibility of online therapy.

Tips & tricks for DBT sessions over Zoom calls

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can be adapted to be delivered over Zoom calls or other video conferencing platforms. Here are some tips for practicing DBT over Zoom.

Create a comfortable and private environment

Whether you are the therapist or the client, it is crucial to establish a comfortable and private environment for therapy sessions. It is essential to select a quiet location where you can speak without distractions and ensure that your camera is positioned in a way that allows clear visibility of your face and body language.

Use screen sharing to review materials

In a DBT session, therapists often use various tools, such as worksheets, to facilitate the session. The therapist may share these worksheets with the client beforehand or during the session by utilizing screen sharing in a virtual setting. This allows the therapist to review and discuss these materials with the client during the session.

Use a whiteboard or digital drawing tool

Therapists may use a whiteboard or drawing tool to illustrate concepts or exercises visually during DBT sessions. These tools can be utilized on Zoom or other video conferencing platforms, enabling the therapist to draw and write on the screen in real time.

Provide resources for homework

In dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), clients may have homework assignments to complete between therapy sessions to reinforce the skills they are learning. To ensure that clients can access the materials needed to practice these skills, therapists can provide them through email or other virtual platforms. This approach enables clients to work on the assignments independently and apply what they have learned daily.

Use a virtual background to maintain privacy

In situations where privacy is a concern, both therapists and clients can use virtual backgrounds to create a more confidential environment. Various video conferencing platforms offer virtual backgrounds that can be utilized to establish a professional or private setting.

Despite requiring some adaptations from traditional in-person therapy sessions, DBT sessions over Zoom can be equally effective in assisting individuals in managing their mental health and acquiring new skills to improve relationships.

Grouport offers a DBT Skills group with a licensed therapist weekly

Are you seeking an effective way to manage anxiety and reduce emotional suffering? Join our Grouport DBT series by Grouport Therapy and learn new skills to help you live a more fulfilling life.

Our group meets once a week at a scheduled time, and you'll receive access to session links via email after enrolling and paying for the program. By joining our DBT skills group, you can improve relationships, manage anxiety, and reduce emotional suffering, regaining hope for the future.

Don't hesitate to take the first step towards a better life. Our next session is waiting for you. Join our Grouport DBT series today and start improving your mental health alongside a supportive group of individuals.

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