Dialectical Behavior Therapy

We are a comprehensive DBT center, offering adherent DBT (skills group + individual therapy + phone coaching + consultation team for therapists).


What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT’s founder, Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., developed DBT from her own journey out of darkness.  From the pain in her own life she realized that a new treatment was needed for people who struggled with strong, difficult emotions, impulsivity and chaos in their lives.

In 1993 Marsha published her book and since then DBT has been extensively developed based on the research conducted both at the University of Washington where Dr. Linehan is a professor and throughout the country and even internationally.

DBT has emerged as a highly effective evidenced based treatment and can best be described as a way to learn all those things that we needed to learn growing up but didn’t. DBT targets under-controlled or emotionally dysregulated behavior through a skills-based approach that addresses the needs of individuals who struggle with strong and difficult emotions, impulsivity, and chaos in their lives. Standard treatment includes weekly individual and group therapy.

Marsha’s goal: to help those in pain find a Life Worth Living.

Is DBT for me?

 In a sense, DBT is for everyone.  There is no one that cannot gain from learning the 4 sets of skills:

How to be mindful and live in the moment

How to tolerate difficult situations without making them worse

How to relate effectively to other people

How to use emotions effectively and to change painful emotions

And, DBT will be life giving for you if you struggle with:

Being in the moment

Making things worse when something goes wrong

Being able to ask for what you need or say no effectively

Emotions that are out of control and painful 

What are my options?

At the time or your assessment, our intake coordinator will provide you with a treatment recommendation based on your needs and goals. The three typical options are :

DBT Skills Group + Individual Therapy

DBT Skills Group + Individual Therapy with either your current therapist or one of our DBT therapists

DBT Skills Group

Tell me more about the groups.

The skills groups are made up of 4 modules that last 5-7 weeks.  You can enter and leave the class at the beginning of a module.

24 week cycle completes all modules, frequently people repeat the cycle 2-3 times.

Adult groups are 2 hours/weekly, cost per group is $65. Groups are available Monday 12-2, Wednesday 5:30-7:30, and Thursday 12-2.

For Adolescents, we offer both a Multifamily group and an Adolescent group. Typical treatment consists of 1 cycle of skills in Multifamily followed by 1-2 cycles of skills in the Adolescent only group.

The Multifamily group is 2 hours/weekly on Thursdays from 5-7, cost is $125/group per family and includes phone skills coaching for parents.

The Adolescent Group is 1 1/2 hours/weekly on Thursday from 4:30-6:00, cost is $65/group

DBT-based Parent Skills Group is available Wednesday 4-5 (cost $40 per family)

The 1 1/2 hour initial assessment is $250. If you have an individual therapist at CDCBT, your orientation to group will be folded in to your individual therapy. If you have an outside therapist or have been recommended for skills training alone, you will need to attend 3-4 orientation sessions prior to joining your skills group.

Individual Therapy cost varies by clinician.

How can I get started?

To find out more, contact us to speak with an intake coordinator.


Our DBT Team:


Lori Prado, LPC-S                     Kay Watt, LPC-S, CEDS        Cheri Trahan Keene, LPC


Nicole Struble, LCSW       Kristin Travis Lopez, LCSW    Christina Wright, LCSW

Kimberly Knopf, LPC Associate