Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
What is DBT?
DBT is a treatment developed for treating severe and persistent emotional and behavioral issues including: self-injury, personality disorders, affective disorders, suicide and more. This treatment focuses on learning the following skills: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. We provide DBT treatment through both individual and group therapy formats.
DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan and was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Linehan observed that people with BPD tend to have difficulty regulating emotions. Though the treatment was originally developed to treat BPD, many other disorders also benefit from DBT when the person struggles to manage and regulate strong emotions.
DBT has been show to be effective in treating BPD, self-injurious behaviors (e.g. cutting), depression, anxiety, eating disorders and mood disorders.
DBT Group for Teens
In the DBT Skills Group, clients learn the following:
- Core Mindfulness – learn to stay present, mindful and live in the moment
- Emotion Regulation – learn ways to manage strong emotions
- Distress Tolerance – learn how to stay nonjudgmental and accepting
- Interpersonal Effectiveness – learn how to improve your relationships with others
We are always welcoming new group members!