Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. It was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is considered the gold standard treatment for individuals with BPD. Research has also shown that DBT is effective in treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
In DBT, the client and therapist work together to set goals that are meaningful to the client. Therapy will focus on decreasing harmful behaviors and increasing life enhancing behaviors. DBT helps enhance a client’s abilities through the use of the DBT skills. These skills are focused on the areas of Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. DBT participants use the skills in order to navigate every day to crisis situations that may arise in their life.
The main goal in DBT is to help clients build a life worth living.
To be admitted into our adult program, a client will first need to be evaluated by a DBT therapist. We want to assess and make sure you are a good fit for our DBT program and confirm the appropriate level of care. It is important to know if we can provide you with what you need!
There is an initial six-month commitment to our program. This is because it takes six-months to get through all the DBT skills one time. Research shows that DBT is most effective if done for 12+ months. A six-month commitment can give us all a good idea if DBT is working for you. All adults in our program are in individual therapy, skills training groups and have access to their therapist for coaching calls.
DBT for Adults
Our adolescent program is geared for teens 13 years and older. Participants who are 13 years old must be in the 8th grade in order to be considered appropriate for our program. To be admitted, the adolescent would have to first be evaluated by a DBT therapist. This program consists of individual sessions, adolescent skills group, parent skills group, and family therapy (when needed). There is a six-month commitment by both teen and parent(s) for skills training. It takes six-months to get through all the DBT skills one time. Parents and teens learn the DBT skills at the same pace but in their respective groups. Parents must be willing to participate in a weekly parent skills group in order to learn and reinforce the skills at home. Without parent participation, it isn’t a comprehensive DBT program and will be less effective.
DBT for Adolescents (ages 13-17)
DBT Group Schedules
5:30 PM- 7:00 PM (Virtual – Adult)
12:00 PM- 1:30 PM (In Person – Adult)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Virtual – Multi-Family – Adult)
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ( Virtual – Multi-Family – Adolescents)