What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that focuses on symptoms, not diagnosis, and solutions, not problems, making this an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders (particularly borderline personality disorder), posttraumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders. DBT can be effectively delivered to clients both individually and in group and for multiple populations such as those experiencing depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, trauma, aggression, impulsiveness, grief, anxiety after a traumatic loss, comorbid and stand-alone substance use, and non-suicidal self-injury.
DBT Skill Training groups will be held twice weekly for an hour each. The group will be closed, but new members may be added at the end of each module when mindfulness skills are reviewed. DBT Skills Training groups generally take six months to complete in its entirety and can be repeated as needed for individuals who may need to continue to review skills to help build a life worth living.
DBT allows participants to learn to recognize, change and control emotional states with four skillsets: Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation and Mindfulness. Research shows participants have a decrease in self-harming behaviors, suicidality, substance use and other harmful behaviors upon learning these skills.