Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy designed to provide clients with skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.
The GOAL of DBT is to help participants change their behavioral, emotional and interpersonal patterns and to establish possibilities for optimal functioning and well-being.
It is a proactive, problem-solving approach that teaches the skills needed to control intense emotions, improve relationships, manage distress and reduce self-destructive behavior.
+Improves Quality of Life
+Decreases High Risk or Self Harming Behaviors
+Decreases symptoms related to trauma, stress, anxiety and depression
+Improves anger control
+Improves Emotion Regulation
Borderline Personality Disorder
Difficulties managing intense emotions
Experiences of crisis
The DBT process involves a progression through four treatment modules:
2. Distress Tolerance
3. Emotion Regulation
4. Interpersonal Effectiveness
A key focus in DBT is to improve clients’ ability to use skillful behavior when needed, with a particular focus on learning effective emotion regulation strategies.
Clients can learn DBT Skills in either a group setting or in individual skills sessions.
*Our DBT informed skills group curriculum follows Marsha Linehan’s DBT skills training manual.
*Participants purchase the DBT workbook (approx $35 on Amazon) in order to participate remotely.
*Our interactive and experienced group leaders teach the skills and assign homework for clients to practice using the skills in their daily lives.
*Each group module requires an 8 week commitment. Groups are 75 minutes, one day per week.
*We are happy to provide referrals for those needing a "Comprehensive DBT" program (which requires both group & individual therapy, as well as, a therapist available 24/7).
- Marsha Linehan