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Elton David Woolsey
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
3625 Manchaca Road; Suite 202
Austin, TX
 

Mr. Elton Woolsey is a family therapist and counselor. Areas of expertise for Mr. Woolsey include acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and eclectic therapy. Mr. Woolsey honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA.

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Bettye Short
Specializes in Family Therapy, Other, Counseling
Suite A200, Office 1; 3006 Bee Caves, Austin, Texas
Austin, TX
 

Ms. Bettye Short specializes in family therapy and counseling and practices in Austin, TX. Areas of expertise for Ms. Short include acceptance and commitment therapy, person-centered therapy, and eclectic therapy. She accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Joshua Nash
Specializes in Counseling
2501 W William Cannon Drive; Building 6 Suite A
Austin, TX
 

Mr. Joshua Nash's specialty is counseling. Mr. Nash's areas of expertise include the following: acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and existential psychotherapy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Marissa Engel
Specializes in Social Work
2579 Western Trails Boulevard; Suite 100
Austin, TX
 

Ms. Marissa Engel's area of specialization is social work. Areas of expertise for Ms. Engel include conflict mediation, holistic therapy, and eclectic therapy. Ms. Engel accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that was originally developed to help the most severely mentally ill and depressed patients accept therapy. It relies on the same concept in CBT that examines the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and actions, but in DBT the emphasis is first on acceptance rather than change. There is also an emphasis on mindfulness, ‘being in the moment,’ and relaxation techniques such as yoga. These are combined with a great deal of validation and encouragement from the therapist.

The word ‘dialectical’ means acting through opposing forces, and this word refers to a few different opposing concepts in DBT:
  • The therapy combines traditional Western psychotherapy techniques with Eastern religious philosophy.
  • Patients must learn that life, thoughts, and feelings are not all black and white -- there are many shades of grey.
  • The therapy works on accepting and validating the patient for being where they are at the moment while also encouraging them to change for the better.

Dialectical behavior therapy was developed when therapists attempting to use CBT techniques on the most seriously ill patients ran into a problem. When they suggested that a patient change their thoughts, these very vulnerable patients would become overwhelmed and turn aggressive or suicidal. DBT was developed to support these patients with acceptance and validation while still guiding them towards changing problematic thoughts. Although also used for suicidal and self-harming patients today, these days, DBT is mainly used to treat borderline personality disorder. It is one of the few effective interventions for this serious illness.

DBT has been shown to be very effective at reducing self-destructive behavior. It can also be used to teach new coping skills and increase a patient’s self-esteem and motivation to become healthier.
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