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Celebrate National Recovery Month!
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National Recovery Month | September 2015 
Celebrate National Recovery Month in September and the healthy and rewarding life that comes from treatment for mental health and substance use!

Focus On: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
 

Mindfulness, recently featured on the cover of TIME magazine, is increasingly being taught in schools. WJCS has been using a therapy - Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - based on mindfulness skills since 2008, and is the largest provider of clinic-based DBT services in Westchester. The very popular, comprehensive, evidence-based therapy treats individuals who struggle with intense or inappropriate emotional reactions and seeks to increase skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills. DBT's appeal is that these skills all are needed for everyday life. 
 
Many people experience intense emotions that can cause them to struggle, resulting in high-risk behaviors like suicide, cutting or self-injury and substance use. DBT treats individuals by empowering them and compassionately helps them build a “life worth living.” DBT also works to help therapists feel more competent and avoid burning out while treating such high-risk behaviors.
 
Research over the last 10 years has shown that DBT also is effective for clients diagnosed with PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. Today, WJCS clinics treat teenagers, families and adults for many of these disorders. Clinicians who rigorously train in DBT are enthusiastic about the program and have experienced first-hand the life-saving and life-changing impact it has on the individuals served.

WJCS is the largest provider of outpatient mental health services in Westchester. The agency is committed to promoting emotional wellness and ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. Learn more about WJCS mental health services.

For more information about WJCS services, please contact Jan Fisher, Director of Public Affairs, at jfisher@wjcs.com or 914-848-8163.

Help WJCS ensure that all Westchester residents in need receive life-saving mental health treatment.

 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

DBT is a life-saving treatment: “No Longer Wanting to Die," The New York Times article exemplifying the power of DBT therapy.
DBT was the first psychotherapy to incorporate mindfulness as a core component of treatment: "How Mindfulness Could Help Teachers and Students," article in The Atlantic.

 

DBT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

DBT is offered at all four WJCS mental health clinics and support groups for kids and adults meet in Hartsdale, Mt. Vernon and Yonkers. Read more about DBT skills and support groups.

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