Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an intensive therapy that offers participants weekly therapy sessions, skills training classes, and access to 24-hour telephone coaching. A Peer Support Specialist will be available to meet with DBT participants and support them in learning new skills while sharing their own experience with recovery.
Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., designed DBT in the early 1990’s. It was developed to help people who had a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and who had a high risk for suicide. Many studies over the past 25 years indicate that DBT can also benefit a variety of mental health disorders. People with BPD struggle with controlling their emotions and may experience:
The DBT team is licensed therapists, case coordinators, and a certified peer support specialist. The DBT team members have completed many hours of training and work together to support participants to meet goals for treatment. The DBT team meets weekly to support one another and ensure DBT is being provided as intended.
The DBT team members not only teach DBT skills but believe in them enough to use the skills in their own lives. Team members value a nonjudgmental approach towards individuals in treatment.
The frequency of contacts may be different for some depending on the need and the goals identified in each individual’s Person Centered Plan. The skills training class meets 2 1/2 hours weekly. Individual therapy sessions are scheduled weekly. Telephone coaching is available 24/7 and provided by a DBT team member. DBT typically requires a one-year commitment.
These skills help participants survive crises and tolerate intense, painful emotions. These skills result in less impulsive and self-destructive behaviors.
Emotion Regulation skills help participants understand emotions, learn ways to reduce intense emotions, and learn ways to generate positive emotions.
These help individuals develop communication skills to improve relationships, be more effective at saying ‘no,’ as well as how to ask for things.
Teaches participants ways to stay in the present moment, take control of their mind, and learn different ways to make effective and less impulsive decisions.