DBT House of Therapy: Learn the stages of treatment and how it can help heal your daughter.

DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy, is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that teaches skills for those struggling with mental health disorders. Building on CBT, DBT provides opportunities for clients to participate in individual therapy along with group sessions to practice problem-solving skills and other skills training.

Within DBT there is a common analogy that helps introduce the stages of treatment to clients and families. This analogy is the DBT House of Therapy. Sunrise uses this concept to help girls and families understand the four different stages and how to use them as a guide to how they are doing or improving in their treatment.

What is the DBT House of Therapy?

The DBT House of Therapy, sometimes referred to as the House of DBT, is essentially just that—a house. The DBT House consists of 4 levels, or stages:

  • Basement
  • First floor
  • Second floor
  • Roof

Each level represents stages of treatment and understanding each level is key for improvement and progress in treatment.

Level 1: Basement

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Level 2: First Floor

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Level 4: Roof

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How does Sunrise use the DBT House of Therapy?

Many residential treatment centers have a level system and clients fall in the pattern of thinking that the level system tells them exactly where they are. A better guide is the stages of treatment with DBT and the DBT House of Therapy.

Sunrise is a residential treatment center serving adolescent girls and their families. We help girls ages 13-17 with emotional struggles, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder (BPD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) , and self-injurious or suicidal behavior. Using evidence-based treatment, we help the whole family, not just the student, to learn and integrate DBT skills into their lives so that she can return home with coping skills that are positive and healthy.

The House of DBT is an exercise to help your daughter recognize her strengths, gain coping skills, strengthen her support system, and values. This intervention works to illustrate aspects of her life by bringing attention to strengths and supports while highlighting areas of growth.

Call us today to better understand how the DBT House of Therapy at Sunrise can help your daughter break free of self-destructive behaviors and get on a path toward a life worth living.