Clinical Services

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Individual)

DBT is a research-based therapy program that can help an individual learn to control behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, solve problems in living, and develop a sense of connection to the world. DBT was first available in 1994 in a program developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., as a method to treat the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

In DBT, individual weekly psychotherapy sessions emphasize finding ways to cope with dysregulated emotions and behaviors. Impulsive self-injurious and suicidal behaviors take priority, followed by behaviors that may interfere with the therapy process. Quality of life issues and working toward improving life in general are also addressed. Individual sessions in DBT focus on decreasing self-harmful behaviors, and learning to act in skillful, effective manner.

For an short overview of what DBT is all about please see the animated video below."What the heck is DBT?"