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 about 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 behavioraltech.org. Those components, include individual therapy, skills training groups, a consultation team for the providers, phone coaching, and on-going training.
For Further Research in DBT click here.
For more information about DBT and our program, read Dr. Stacy’s Blog on DBT: More than Coping Skills
See what our clients are saying about us!
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups are a great way to learn DBT skills. The classes are laid back, informative, fun, interactive, and at times can be difficult depending on what you’re working on. You will find many of the group members have the same struggles as you, so you don’t feel alone. Everyone is very supportive and encouraging. The therapists that guide the groups do a wonderful job of teaching the many skills you can use to cope with life’s difficulties in more productive ways. You will feel empowered with the skills you gain.
For me, DBT was a game changer totally changing my life for the better. It teaches the skills so that you can live without carrying a burden of negative emotions and holding on to regret, bitterness and painful past memories. I feel like a heavy load has been lifted from me. But the best part is that I learned the skills to drop that heavy load for myself. I don't have to rely on other people for my own emotional well-being. That is totally liberating and empowering. I feel like I have much more control over my life. Because of this I am a much happier person.