Nurturing Trauma Recovery with Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Healing from trauma is a journey marked by resilience, introspection, and compassionate guidance. At DBT of South Jersey, we recognize the profound impact trauma can have on individuals’ lives, permeating their thoughts, emotions, and relationships. Through the therapeutic approach of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), we offer a comprehensive framework designed to empower individuals in their journey toward healing and reclaiming their lives from the shadows of trauma.

Understanding Trauma

Trauma is not merely an event but a complex interplay of psychological, emotional, and physiological responses to distressing experiences. It can stem from various sources, including childhood abuse, neglect, accidents, natural disasters, or combat exposure. The effects of trauma can linger long after the actual event, manifesting in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, flashbacks, nightmares, and difficulties in forming trusting relationships. Moreover, trauma can profoundly impact one’s sense of self, leaving individuals feeling disconnected from their emotions, bodies, and the world around them.

The Role of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT, developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, is a evidence-based therapeutic modality initially designed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, its efficacy extends far beyond this population, particularly in addressing trauma-related symptoms and promoting overall emotional well-being. DBT is grounded in the principles of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, offering a holistic approach to healing.


Central to DBT is the cultivation of mindfulness, the practice of nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness encourages individuals to observe their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without becoming overwhelmed by them. By developing mindfulness skills, individuals can gradually reconnect with themselves, fostering self-compassion and acceptance in the process. Through mindfulness exercises, such as mindful breathing and body scans, clients at DBT of South Jersey learn to anchor themselves in the present moment, reducing reactivity to trauma triggers and promoting emotional resilience.

Distress Tolerance

Trauma often brings about intense emotional distress, leading individuals to resort to maladaptive coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, self-harm, or avoidance. DBT equips clients with distress tolerance skills to navigate these moments of crisis effectively. From self-soothing techniques to distraction strategies, clients learn to ride the waves of distress without succumbing to harmful behaviors. By building a repertoire of healthy coping skills, individuals gain a sense of agency over their emotional experiences, fostering a greater sense of empowerment in their healing journey.

Emotion Regulation

Trauma can disrupt one’s ability to regulate emotions, leading to emotional dysregulation and mood instability. DBT offers practical tools to help individuals identify, understand, and modulate their emotions effectively. Through emotion regulation skills training, clients learn to label their emotions, identify their triggers, and implement adaptive strategies to manage intense feelings. By fostering emotional awareness and flexibility, DBT empowers individuals to respond to life’s challenges with resilience and equanimity, reducing the impact of trauma on their daily functioning.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Trauma often leaves individuals feeling disconnected from others, plagued by trust issues and difficulties in forming meaningful relationships. DBT addresses these interpersonal challenges by teaching clients skills for effective communication, boundary setting, and conflict resolution. By enhancing interpersonal effectiveness, individuals can cultivate healthier relationships built on mutual respect and understanding. Moreover, DBT emphasizes the importance of building a supportive network of friends, family, and peers to bolster one’s recovery from trauma.

Healing Trauma at DBT of South Jersey

At DBT of South Jersey, our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for individuals to embark on their healing journey. Our team of skilled therapists is dedicated to tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. Through individual therapy, skills training groups, and phone coaching, we offer comprehensive support every step of the way. Additionally, our trauma-informed approach ensures that clients feel validated and respected throughout the therapeutic process, fostering a sense of trust and collaboration.

Our Approach

  • Individual Therapy: Our licensed therapists provide individualized therapy sessions tailored to address the specific symptoms and underlying issues related to trauma. Using evidence-based techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral interventions and exposure therapy, we help clients process traumatic memories, challenge negative beliefs, and develop adaptive coping strategies.

  • Skills Training Groups: Our DBT skills training groups offer a structured curriculum designed to teach clients practical skills for coping with distress, regulating emotions, and improving interpersonal relationships. Led by experienced facilitators, these groups provide a supportive community where clients can learn from each other’s experiences and build essential skills for trauma recovery.

  • Phone Coaching: In between sessions, clients have access to phone coaching, allowing them to receive real-time support and guidance when facing challenging situations. Whether struggling with a crisis or needing assistance in applying DBT skills to daily life, our therapists are available to provide support and encouragement whenever it is needed.


Healing from trauma is a profound and transformative journey that requires courage, compassion, and support. At DBT of South Jersey, we are committed to walking alongside individuals as they navigate the complexities of trauma recovery. Through the transformative power of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, we empower clients to reclaim their lives from the grips of trauma and move forward with newfound resilience and hope. If you or someone you know is struggling with the aftermath of trauma, we invite you to take the first step toward healing with DBT of South Jersey.

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