Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches new skills focused on Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Walking the Middle Path.
DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD to help people with intense emotional swings, chaotic interpersonal relationships, impulsiveness, and suicidal / self-harm behaviors. It is based on the biosocial theory that problems develop from an interaction between biological factors and environmental factors and on the idea that opposites can coexist and be synthesized. The ultimate goal is to live a life worth living regardless of life’s challenges. Our therapists balance non-judgmental acceptance with a client’s intense desire for change resulting in a healthier more satisfying life. DBT is a well researched evidenced based therapy.
Our adult program is tailored to individuals 18 years old and older. The core curriculum of the program used is the DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition by Marsha M. Linehan. The program consists of individual therapy, skills group, and phone coaching.
Our adolescent program focuses on teaching individuals between the ages 13-17 using the DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents by Jill H. Rathus and Alec L. Miller. The program consists of individual therapy, skills group, and phone coaching. Therapists also provide supportive counseling for family members.