Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a 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. Focused on validating the difficulties of life’s struggles, the apparent difficulty with conflicting and intense emotions, and the desire to make important changes, DBT is a highly practical and direct form of therapy. Rather than only focusing on overcoming misery, DBT also emphasizes working on creating a life you want to live. After years of research, 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.
DBT integrates cognitive behavior therapy with teachings in mindfulness and acceptance. Generally, DBT treatment entails both participation in a weekly 1.5 hour skills training group and weekly individual DBT therapy. Skills training teaches specific lessons in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness in order to help you learn to be fully in the moment, effectively manage emotions, cope with crises without making them worse, and meet your objectives in relationships.
Many people who feel stuck in therapy or have pursued many treatments with minimal benefits find DBT to be remarkably helpful. DBT clinicians are committed to being available to you and pursuing ongoing consultation to provide you with a high level of care.
Skills Training Groups
The DBT skills training group takes approximately 4 months to complete. We have four different Adult DBT groups and one Young Adult DBT group available. See below for days and times of each group. In some cases, clients elect to stay in group longer to increase their mastery of skill use. New group members enter into the group at the beginning of each new module, which is typically every 4-5 weeks. Clients are required to be in individual therapy in order to participate in the DBT group. Modules include the following skill topics:
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.
Target Population: This group is geared towards relatively high functioning individuals. Clients must be attending school, working, or volunteering in order to participate in the group.
DBT Group Therapy
NOTE: All groups are meeting virtually on our HIPAA compliant Zoom platform.
College Students, Graduate Students, Young Adults
AICT is pleased to announce a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training group for college and graduate students who struggle with emotions and/or problem behaviors. The group, which is led by Dr. Heather Glubo, will meet each Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. This group is currently accepting new patients for their Interpersonal Effectiveness module, which is designed to teach participants skills to build and maintain positive relationships with others, learn how to solve conflicts effectively, and how to make requests and/or say no to others. New Members ages 18-30 can join as late as December 13th.
To meet the needs of our clients, we offer four adult DBT skills training groups that meet weekly. Enrollment is ongoing, and groups are led by Dr. Allie Funk and Dr. Kathleen Taylor. Currently, the group is accepting new members for the Distress Tolerance module which begins on December 11th and 13th. New members can join as late as January 10th.
Monday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 PM led by Dr. Allie Funk
** Clients enrolled in the Adult DBT Skills group welcome to attend on either Monday or Wednesday to provide greater flexibility for those who are dealing with challenging schedules.
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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