Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Behavior change leading to positive outcomes

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a model of therapy that uses skills training and the therapeutic relationship to manage strong emotions and behavior dysfunction. It was created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. in the 1980’s and is widely used for the treatment of mental health disorders.

Research shows that many people benefit from DBT, including people who:

  • Have chaotic, painful lives
  • Have spells of dissociation, forgetfulness, or “spaciness”
  • Often feel depressed or hopeless
  • Feel empty
  • Have impulsive or dangerous behaviors
  • Feel out of control of their behavior
  • Have trouble staying sober
  • Eat too much or too little
  • Have trouble staying in therapy
  • Often are hospitalized for mental health reasons

While no single treatment can “fix” all of these problems, DBT is based on the belief that many of these symptoms are the result of extreme emotional ups and downs, and that developing skills to address extreme emotions will help many people work their way through these difficulties. Our primary goal is to help you create a life worth living.

One of the main reasons people do desperate, impulsive things is that they have learned ineffective strategies for coping with strong, painful emotions. In DBT, we teach you ways to help you recognize and deal with your emotions more skillfully. We also teach you skills that help you improve situations, rather than make them worse.

What to Expect

  • Weekly Individual Therapy
  • Weekly Skills Group Therapy
  • Phone Consultation
    DBT Consultation Team


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