Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically supported treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Originally, DBT was created to help people who were suicidal and struggling with self-harm urges. DBT is especially helpful for individuals who have difficulty regulating or dealing with their emotions. Using a practical and direct approach, DBT focuses on overcoming misery and helping clients create a life they want to live. DBT is considered to be an empirically supported treatment for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and is also being used to treat individuals who struggle with emotions, but who do not meet criteria for BPD. Recently DBT has been modified to treat individuals who struggle with a range of psychological problems including substance abuse and eating disorders.
Our comprehensive program includes:
- Weekly individual therapy sessions
- Weekly skills training groups
- Specific lessons in acceptance and behavior based skills
- Learning how to cope with crises
- Phone coaching
Skills Training Groups complete the following 4 modules over 6-7 months:
- Mindfulness– A “core” DBT skill, mindfulness involves paying attention, in the moment, non- judgmentally to live your life in a deliberate manner.
- Emotion Regulation– Learn the function of emotions and improve your ability to describe, change, and cope effectively, rather than let emotions control you.
- Distress Tolerance– Manage crises without making your problems worse.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness – Attend to your needs and improve relationships.
DBT Groups offered at AICT
- College Students, Graduate Students, and Young Adults DBT Skills Training Group (ages 18 – 30)
Wednesday evenings 7 – 8:30PM led by Dr. Heather Glubo
Current Module: Interpersonal Effectiveness (began 11/29/23)
Next Module: Distress Tolerance (begins 2/7/24, enrollment closes 2/21/24)
- Adult DBT Skills Training Group (ages 30 +)
Monday evenings 7 – 8:30 PM led by Dr. Allie Funk
Wednesday evenings 7 – 8:30 PM led by Dr. Kathleen Taylor
Current Module: Distress Tolerance (began 12/11/23)
Next Module: Interpersonal Effectiveness (begins 2/26/24, enrollment closes 3/13/24)
**Clients enrolled in the Adult DBT Skills group may participate in either evening.
- Adult DBT Skills Graduate Group
The Graduate Group is open to clients who have completed the 4 modules listed above. This group is open to young adult and adult clients and is led by Dr. Susan Paula.
Group meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month from 7-8pm, beginning February 1st, 2024.
Please note that clients must be attending school, working, or volunteering in order to participate in any of the groups.
To learn more about getting an evaluation, group entry dates or treatment options, please call us at 212 308 2440.
For a printable brochure on DBT for Adults or Young Adults, click here.
For a printable brochure on DBT for Families, click here.
Further Reading and Sample Chapters from Guilford Press
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating and Bulimia by Debra L. Safer, Christy F. Telch, and Eunice Y. Chen
Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents by Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, and Marsha M. Linehan
Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide by Kelly Koerner
Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship by Shari Y. Manning
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