Dialectic Behavior Therapy Center

The therapists in our DBT Center have expertise in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment initially created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Since its inception, extensive research has shown DBT to be effective in treating a broad spectrum of individuals with difficulty regulating intense emotions.

To provide the best treatment for you, our clinicians integrate information taken from a comprehensive intake evaluation, outside clinical or medical assessments, psychiatric evaluations, and any past neuropsychological assessments to collaborate with you to recommend a tailored treatment plan. This plan may include a variety of treatment components, including our standard comprehensive DBT programs (see below).

What is DBT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence–based treatment that was originally created by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington to treat adults with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is now indicated for individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders, Bulimia, and ADHD, as well as difficulty managing intense emotions.

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What We Treat

Many people who benefit from our DBT program experience pervasive difficulty with intense emotions. The way that each person experiences and responds to emotions may vary drastically. Some of our clients feel their emotions are out of control, leading to impulsive or destructive behaviors. Others may describe a feeling of numbness, and have learned over time to suppress their emotions, or have difficulty labeling the way they feel. In DBT, we aim to teach clients how to experience their emotions in a more healthy, effective way, integrate skills and change problematic behavioral and relational patterns to ultimately experience life in a more productive and fulfilling way.

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DBT Programs

DBT is well–renowned as the treatment–of–choice for issues related to managing intense emotions. Since its inception, it has been adapted to also treat children, adolescents, their caregivers or family members and couples. Here at BPS, we offer several types of adherent DBT programs. When seeking treatment, it is important to look for programs that are adherent to the body of research that supports DBT. Here at BPS, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care and our DBT programs are all guided by supporting research. Please see below for the different DBT programs we offer:

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DBT Treatments Offered at BPS:

ADULT DBT

Our comprehensive Adult DBT program includes:

  • Individual therapy (one or more times per week/based on needs), within the evidence-based DBT format
  • Skills training class (typically in a group setting on a weekly basis)
  • Between-session consultation with your therapist
  • Therapist consultation team
  • Family meetings as needed
  • Support or interventions for people in the client’s environment as needed

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DBT-A: ADOLESCENT

Our adolescent and family DBT program is for individuals ages 12-18. The adolescent DBT program includes the teen attending individual therapy, as well as a skills training class with at least one parent or caregiver.

Our comprehensive Adolescent DBT program includes:

  • Individual therapy (one or more times per week/based on needs), within the evidence-based DBT format
  • Skills training class with the teen and at least one adult on a weekly basis
  • Between-session consultation with your therapist
  • Therapist consultation team
  • Behavioral parent training and family meetings as needed
  • Consultation with school and other providers as needed

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DBT-C: CHILD

Our DBT-C program is for individuals under the age of 12 years old. This program includes family DBT skills training, individual treatment for the child as well as separate Behavioral Parent Training. During these individual sessions, the child and the parents will each learn how to apply the skills they’ve learned to manage their own reactions more effectively. These sessions can be done together in 60 or 75 minute sessions, or broken up as needed.

 

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PARENTS, FAMILIES

DBT for Families & Parents:

Families can choose to do family therapy or Parent Behavioral Training with one of our clinicians. DBT for families, builds on the skills that clients have learned in their DBT skills training to improve connection and communication among family members.

DBT for Couples:

Many couples find themselves locked in a maladaptive cycle of arguing, avoidance and loneliness or dissatisfaction. DBT was adapted by Dr. Alan Fruzetti for “high-conflict” couples, and aims to teach couples how to communicate more effectively to improve their relationship.

 

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Our DBT-SUDS program is designed for individuals who are struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, intense emotions, and substance abuse. Many people battling addiction have also struggled with intense anxiety, depression, and difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviors. DBT-SUDS has been demonstrated to be effective at helping those suffering with addiction and intense emotions gain more control over their behavior and lives. Our therapists at BPS will work closely with you to target the causes for your unwanted behavior, and to learn specific skills to better manage these urges.

In our DBT-SUDS program you will learn specific skills to increase mindfulness and enhance your sense of connectedness to your community, more effectively manage distress that often leads to substance use, communicate your needs more effectively to others and increase cognitive control and flexibility. Participants in our DBT-SUDS program will meet with one of our trained clinicians on a weekly basis in addition to participating in our weekly DBT-SUDS group.

 

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ADULT DBT

DBT-A: ADOLESCENT

DBT-C: CHILDREN

PARENTS, FAMILIES

SUBSTANCE ABUSE