Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
What does “dialectical” mean?
Being dialectical means that there can be more than one way to see something and that the these different viewpoints can coexist and be true at the same time, even if they are in opposition to each other. Learning to be dialectical can be an amazingly effective way of looking at life. It is not about right and wrong, it is learning to be effective.
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly-effective, evidence-based therapy initially indicated to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), self-injurious behaviors, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Today it is used to treat many mental health conditions.
DBT Skills Training Groups
The magic of DBT happens in skills training. We run weekly DBT skills training groups for adults, teens and families, advanced DBTers, and loved ones. Groups are made up of a maximum of 8 people and include 2 group leaders. The skill topics covered include mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal relationships, and emotional regulation. Typically, a new group starts every 8 weeks.
Our DBT Program
We offer a comprehensive DBT program which includes key components based on substantial research by Dr. Marsha Linehan, see www.behavioraltech.org. Those components, explained below, include individual therapy, skills training groups, a consultation team for the providers, phone coaching, and on-going training.
- Weekly Consultation Team meetings which are held on-site at HHC by Dr. Stacy Louk Walker for all HHC providers. Through these meetings, support is provided for case consultation, along with on-going training that keeps counselors informed with the burgeoning field.
- Individual Therapy is provided usually weekly and more if required. The frequency of individual care is decided on a case-by-case basis.
- Weekly Skills Training is provided in a comfortable conference room where there is a flat screen TV and white board to allow for helpful teaching resources. We offer groups for adults, advanced DBTers, teens and families, and loved ones. For more information on Skills Training Groups click here.
- Phone Coaching is a unique service provided by a DBT counselor. Since crises are not scheduled, phone coaching assists clients in learning to practice their skills in “real time” when the crisis strikes.
- Our team also participates in the DBT-Listserv where consultation with other DBT practitioners can be sought and the most up-to-date material is shared among DBT professionals across the world.
- Our team is committed to furthering our knowledge and competencies with additional training so that we may continue to grow and expand our reach for our clients and our community. For example, we offer Prolonged Exposure, Radically Open DBT, Family Support, Advanced DBT, Adolescent & Family Groups, and mindfulness training. Additionally, we are looking into providing DBT to our local schools and elementary age kids.
We look forward to meeting you. Please give us a call if you have any questions.