Individual Therapy Dr. Althaus integrates relational, psychodynamic, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approaches in order to address each client's individual needs. She works collaboratively with her clients to establish goals for the course of their work together.
Couples Therapy Dr. Althaus works with couples to help improve effective communication and increase mindfulness in the relationship. She helps couples to identify their individual intimacy needs and increase their empathy for each other leading to a more fulfilling and authentic connection.
DBT Groups Dr. Althaus’ DBT groups help teach skills to individuals struggling with a variety of emotional difficulties. DBT is an evidenced based therapy and has proven successful for a wide range of concerns including emotional dysregulation, suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors.
Skills are taught in the areas of:
Mindfulness: Increasing presence and self-awareness across situations.
Distress Tolerance: Learning how to survive a difficult situation without making it worse.
Emotional Regulation: Teaching skills that help patients understand and experience theirfeelings in a less overwhelming way.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Helping patients strengthen both personal and professional relationships and gain insight into their relational patterns.
The entire DBT program takes approximately 30-40 weeks to complete. Dr. Althaus divides the skill sets into 8-10 week segments. Repeating the program two or three times allows for increased proficiency. Potential group members first contact Dr. Althaus to set up an intake appointment. After the intake meeting, group members are permitted to join at any point in the program. The current DBT Group meets every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.