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How We Treat

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT Therapy, a treatment backed by decades of scientific research, helps clients regulate intense emotions—teaching them how to manage and curb negative feelings, increase positive experiences, and live in the moment.

DBT is designed to be a relatively short-term treatment that provides a structured path forward by relying on four core elements: weekly individual therapy, weekly skills training group, phone coaching in between sessions, and weekly participation by therapists in a peer consultation team that helps them hone their skills. The structured approach differs dramatically from traditional “talk therapy,” which typically involves open-ended discussions that can vary in focus from session to session depending on whatever is top of mind for the client. 

While DBT originated as a treatment for chronically suicidal individuals, it has evolved so that anyone who wants to have a different relationship with their emotional experience can benefit from DBT therapy and the skills it fosters. The treatment can help individuals who are struggling with loneliness, anxiety, emptiness, destructive impulses, depression, conflict in relationships, absence of flexibility, extreme emotional swings, and trouble tolerating stress or change. Some of the more complex health issues that DBT is designed to address include borderline personality disorder, self-harming behavior, major depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. However most people can benefit from some portions of the treatment (see Emotion Fitness Program, EFT).

A properly trained DBT therapist will:

  • Change your relationship with your emotions, not  push you to get rid of them
  • Identify what prompts unwanted feelings and patterns, not judge them
  • Collaborate to find alternatives to ineffective behavior, not just provide an outlet to vent
  • Set an agenda for every session based on your “diary card,” not press forward without a clear structure 

Note: Many therapists use the DBT label even when they have limited training and/or use only portions of the treatment.  Each therapist on our team has far exceeded the requisite number of training and clinical hours required and we maintain ongoing training and development for our entire team.

At the Counseling Center Group, we adhere to DBT treatment as it was developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan. We are  committed to providing DBT adherently, in the way that research has supported it to be effective. 

We Can Help.

If you or a loved one can benefit from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), we are here to help.
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