DBT for Adults

Adult Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Our adult DBT program is for individuals 18 years and older. We offer all components of comprehensive DBT. It typically takes between 6-12 months to complete the full program (a “cycle” of DBT takes six months to complete, although clients often opt for a second cycle to further solidify their skills knowledge). We are aware that not everyone needs to or can commit to comprehensive DBT. Some people may benefit from the skills group alone or just individual therapy. After your initial evaluation, we will recommend which kind of treatment will best suit your needs and goals.  

During our Adult DBT program, clients will learn Mindfulness skills to help them increase their ability to control their attention, enhance focus, feel more connected to reality, and reduce emotional and psychological suffering. Clients will also learn Distress Tolerance skills to better be able to tolerate intense emotions and/or “crises” to avoid acting on maladaptive or ineffective, self-destructive urges. Interpersonal Effectiveness skills will allow clients to practice asking for what they want more effectively, and to learn how to say “no” without alienating themselves or others. And finally, Emotion Regulation skills teach clients to turn negative emotions in to positive or neutral ones, reduce the occurrence of intense emotional crises and build lives worth living.

Our comprehensive Adult DBT program includes: 

  • Individual DBT therapy (one or more times per week)
  • Weekly skills training class 
  • Brief between-session coaching with your therapist
  • Therapist consultation team for the therapist
  • Family meetings as needed
  • Support or interventions for people in the client’s environment as needed