3 thoughts on “The 4 Stages of Treatment in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • September 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    My daughter has been in DBT for 4 years. The results are very mixed and she is not well today. She likes her therapist and trusts her. She goes to therapy willingly. But I feel that we have to consider something else given what I see as a lack of results. What is an acceptable way to ask the therapist for an evaluation of the progress and current situation? How do I ensure she is accountable for the work she does with my daughter and the payment she receives in return?

    • September 21, 2010 at 5:57 am

      That’s a great question. As a parent, it can be extremely difficult to watch your daughter go to therapy and not know if it is having a positive impact, especially when you continue to see emotional and behavioral problems at home. I would suggest calling her therapist and talking with her about her concerns. There are many different ways that she can work with you. It might be helpful to have a meeting with her and your daughter to discuss how things have changed in the past 4 years. Or she may want to meet individually you. Hearing about the treatment may help you more fully assess what the struggles have been. Do you know if your daughter feels as if she’s made progress? If she’s a competent therapist she will feel accountable to your daughter regardless of the money that she receives for the sessions.

  • June 19, 2014 at 8:43 am

    She didn’t say how old her daughter is. If she is an adult, unless you have a release from your daughter, her therapist would be breaking confidentiality. Ms. Matta has some excellent questions and recommendations if you are able to talk to your daughter’s therapist.


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