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DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based practice that consists of four distinct modes of treatment: individual therapy, skills coaching, skills group, and team consultation. Our DBT Program is designed to treat several diagnoses including:

  • Personality disorders
  • Self-harming and suicidal behavior
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance-use disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Those who have not seen progress in other traditional therapy or medication modalities
  • Chronic depression and anxiety

Full DBT requires the incorporation of all four modes of treatment described in this section; anything not meeting this standard is referred to as “DBT Informed”. Program eligibility is determined through clinical assessment and is based on appropriate diagnosis, client commitment and motivation, and other factors.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE: FOUR MODES OF TREATMENT

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1. INDIVIDIAL THERAPY, ONCE A WEEK FOR 26 WEEKS

Clients will meet weekly with their therapist, keeping a diary card to track moods, behaviors, urges, and skills they've utilized. Clients will learn how to apply DBT to daily life.

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2. HAVE ACCESS TO PHONE COACHING

DBT phone coaching is available and is intended to assist clients with implementing DBT skills before a crisis develops.

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3. SKILLS GROUP, TWICE A WEEK FOR 26+ WEEKS

Clients will learn how to utilize skills within the four core modules instead of turning to current behaviors that may be impacting them negatively.

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4. CONSULTATION TEAM

DBT therapists come together to review each case, offering encouragement, validation, and problem solving. This means each client has multiple therapists working on their case.

FOUR CORE MODULES

Plan to complete the DBT outcome measures after every module; this helps us track your progress over the duration of the DBT program.

MINDFULNESS

EMOTIONAL REGULATION

INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

DISTRESS TOLERANCE

OPEN GROUP SCHEDULE

We have expanded our group sessions to better accommodate clients and their unique lifestyles. While DBT still maintains a waiting list, our program is open year round for new or returning participants.

Participants must attend skills group twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) for 26+ weeks. Location and time options are below:

In-person (clinic), 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Online (via Zoom), 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In-person (clinic), 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2022 DBT Program Results

80-85% of participants report the following:

  • No longer feeling empty inside
  • Increased sense of self and identity
  • Increased control over emotions
  • Reduced or no longer engaged in self-harm
  • Feel their quality of life increased significantly

70% of participants report the following:

  • Improved relationship with friends and family
  • Decrease in risky behaviors
Reduction in inpatient hospitalization
%
Cessation of active criminial charges
%

Anonymous

"I’m better equipped to deal with emotional distress. I sleep better and relate to my kids better."

Anonymous

"DBT has given me the opportunity to learn the skills that can help me practice mindfulness and see what is needed to live a life worth living. I practice these daily and can see change, little by little, with my progress."

Anonymous

"It has been wonderful program. I feel I have the skills to be more effective in my relationships. I feel I have more control over my emotions and triggers. It also helped foster a wonderful supportive group of friends that I will stay in contact with and cherish. It has greatly improved my life and showed me a path to a [life] worth living."

Anonymous

"...DBT has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life that have happened recently, events that if happened a few years prior, I would've been pushed to bad and harmful habits. But now, I can get through those unsavory situations. I can look ahead at tomorrow, even when I'm not sure where I want to go with my future. I can take it one day at a time, and I can live my life knowing that not everything stays as it is forever. Most importantly, I can live my life with the expectation and readiness to have that be long and fulfilling, whereas just 3 years ago I wouldn't think I'd have made it to 25."

Anonymous

"Each and every skill I've learned and have incorporated into my daily life has been a drastic change in my Mindset, my views on my life and the reality that exists I must effectively deal with. The entire learning process of DBT has completely changed my thought patterns and how I resolve my life's issues on a daily, every moment basis. DBT has truly been a Life Changing which has turned my life around in many ways and I now enjoy and am grateful for the time I have now and in my future for the rest of my mortal existence."

Anonymous

"I have learned to take a step back and understand my feelings. I can actually sit with my feelings and understand how to move forward. Less self-hatred is the biggest part."

Anonymous

"DBT has given me the skills to walk the middle path, stop my emotional brain from running my life. I am living in the moment for the first time in my life."

Anonymous

"I've made vast improvements in my quality of life and now believe that I am capable and deserving of a life worth living."

Anonymous

"It has been wonderful program. I feel I have the skills to be more effective in my relationships. I feel I have more control over my emotions and triggers. It also helped foster a wonderful supportive group of friends that I will stay in contact with and cherish. It has greatly improved my life and showed me a path to a live worth living."

CLIENT HOMEWORK

Outcome Measures

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Download Diary Card

Download form to track moods, behaviors, urges, and skills utilized.