Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is one of the relatively few evidence-based treatments that has been found to be effective at reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors. An added benefit is that the participation in DBT is associated with reducing the use of costly crisis services such as psychiatric hospitalizations and emergency room visits. In DBT, psychiatric hospitalization is avoided whenever possible. Yes, even when a client is experiencing a suicidal crisis! This is done as there is no evidence suggesting that acute inpatient hospitalization is effective at either reducing suicidal risk or treating suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In fact, there is substantial data indicating that people recently discharged from an inpatient psychiatric hospital are at an elevated risk for suicide (Chung, et al., 2017; Forte, et al., 2019).
When investing time, energy, and resources into an evidence-based psychotherapy, a person seeking services can greatly benefit from receiving information regarding the competence of specific mental health therapists. Trying to gauge the competence of a therapist can be particularly elusive, as a consumer, in part due to a wide range of marketing efforts and claims … Read more