DBT & DBT PE: The Cutting Edge of Treating Trauma and Substance Use Disorders

Dec 19, 2017
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

The Importance of Effective Treatment

Trauma and substance use disorders can be incredibly challenging to overcome without appropriate treatment. These conditions often co-occur, making the recovery journey even more complicated. At Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, we understand the significance of providing cutting-edge therapies that address both trauma and substance use disorders simultaneously.

Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that has shown remarkable success in helping individuals with various mental health conditions, including trauma and substance use disorders. DBT combines cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques with elements of mindfulness to create a comprehensive and effective approach to healing.

The Four Modules of DBT

DBT consists of four main modules:

  1. Mindfulness: This module focuses on cultivating awareness of the present moment, enhancing self-reflection, and practicing acceptance without judgment.
  2. Distress Tolerance: In this module, individuals learn practical skills to tolerate and navigate distressing situations without resorting to self-destructive behaviors or substance use.
  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness: This module helps individuals improve communication skills, develop healthy boundaries, and enhance relationships with others.
  4. Emotion Regulation: Emotion Regulation teaches individuals how to identify and regulate their emotions effectively, leading to greater emotional stability and overall well-being.

The Power of DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE)

DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) is a cutting-edge treatment technique that combines elements of DBT with prolonged exposure therapy. This approach specifically targets trauma-related symptoms and their impact on substance use disorders.

The Three Stages of DBT PE

DBT PE is typically conducted in three stages:

  1. Psychoeducation: In this initial stage, individuals learn about the connection between trauma and substance use disorders. They gain a deeper understanding of how past experiences may have influenced their current struggles and learn strategies for managing symptoms.
  2. Imaginal Exposure: During this stage, individuals engage in guided imagery to recount and process traumatic events. This process helps desensitize the emotional response associated with traumatic memories.
  3. In Vivo Exposure: In the final stage, individuals gradually confront real-life situations or triggers associated with trauma. This exposure helps individuals develop healthier coping mechanisms and reduces the urge to turn to substances for temporary relief.

Why Choose Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc?

Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc is a highly skilled and experienced mental health professional specializing in DBT and DBT PE therapies. With a deep understanding of trauma and substance use disorders, Alison K Bowles offers compassionate guidance and evidence-based interventions to support individuals on their journey towards recovery and stability.

Our Approach to Treatment

At Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, we believe in an individualized, client-centered approach to treatment. We work collaboratively with each client to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals. Our therapeutic environment is nurturing, non-judgmental, and focused on fostering growth and healing.

Results That Matter

People who have undergone DBT and DBT PE therapies at Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc have experienced life-changing results. Our clients report significant improvements in their ability to manage emotions, cope with triggers, and reduce substance use. They gain a renewed sense of self and a brighter outlook on their future.

Get Started on Your Healing Journey

If you or someone you know is struggling with trauma and substance use disorders, don't wait to seek help. Contact Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. Our team is here to guide you through the cutting-edge therapies of DBT and DBT PE, ensuring you receive the support you deserve.


DBT and DBT PE therapies offer a cutting-edge and highly effective approach to treating trauma and substance use disorders. At Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care and supporting individuals on their journey to recovery. Don't let trauma and substance use disorders hold you back any longer. Take control of your life and begin your healing journey today.