What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is an evidence-based treatment that helps individuals achieve and maintain meaningful relationships and establish transformative life skills through participation in both a skills group and individual therapy. DBT is a new way for you and your therapist to face your daily challenges. Our DBT Skills Group is designed to provide a structured setting in which the individual will work towards the mastery of four essential life skills: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance.
What is Included with the DBT program?
DBT is a comprehensive program of both group and individual therapy. Our DBT program is a specialized outpatient therapy approach that requires a minimum six month commitment. Individual sessions and Skills Group take place once a week and participation in the program includes access to coaching phone calls and coordinated homework assignments to implement and strengthen skill use.
Who benefits from DBT?
DBT was initially developed to treat individuals with Bi-Polar Disorder who exhibited suicidal tendencies. However, it has since evolved and has proven effective for numerous different behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders. It has also proven effective for self-harm, sexual abuse survivors, those with a chemical dependency, and anyone experiencing emotional dysregulation.
Due to the success rate in adults participating in DBT, we also offer a comprehensive Adolescent DBT program.
What is required to participate in DBT?
1st step: Scheduling an intake appointment – It is important to understand that an intake appointment does not signify entrance into the DBT program. The purpose of the intake appointment is to acquaint the individual with our agency and our outpatient services. Click here for information on how to schedule an appointment.
2nd step: Psychiatric Evaluation – This is necessary to determine the current status of your mental health. Essentially, this is a “getting to know you” session.
3rd step: DBT Evaluation – The DBT group leaders will determine whether or not the individual will benefit from the program.