Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, is designed to treat chronic suicidality, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, and disorders of emotional, self and behavioral dysregulation. Additionally, research shows DBT skills training to be effective in the treatment of PTSD, eating disorders and substance abuse.
DBT teaches skills that target problematic behaviors and learned coping styles through four modules: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. All DBT groups are led by two therapists in order to balance dynamics of acceptance and push for change.
Current research shows that skills alone groups are effective for behavior change. Patients do not need to transition to a DBT therapist to benefit from the group. Additionally, patients may participate in the group without an individual therapy relationship.
To learn more about DBT and to review the current research see www.behavioraltech.org.
We are a comprehensive DBT center, offering adherent DBT (skills group+individual therapy+phone coaching+consultation team for therapists).
DBT Skills Groups
All Groups meet for 2 hours/weekly
24 week cycle completes all modules
Modules are 5-7 weeks and new patients may enter the class at the beginning of a new module following a one on one orientation
Patients unable to complete 24 weeks sequentially may leave and reenter the group at the beginning of a new module
Patients may enter an on-going skills group following one on one orientation and commitment, typically 4 sessions.
Separate skills groups will be offered for adolescents and adults