Dialectical Behavior Therapy in New York & California

Your Path to Emotional Healing and Mental Resilience

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Help

DBT for Emotion Regulation and Personal Growth

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that equips people with valuable skills to cope with and manage difficult emotions or situations. Originally developed for people who have difficulty handling intense emotions, this therapy focuses on striking a healthy balance between accepting oneself and acknowledging a need for change.

If you’re struggling with overwhelming emotions, difficulties in managing relationships, or feeling like you’re on a constant emotional roller coaster, DBT can help you find stability and balance. It is an effective therapy for adults, youth, families, and couples in three key areas:

  1. Coming to terms with difficult emotions through understanding and acceptance.
  2. Developing healthy coping skills that improve emotional regulation and reactivity.
  3. Empowering people to make positive life changes and improve interpersonal relationships.

    The Effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

    DBT has been proven to be transformative in the lives of people from all walks of life. DBT uses a combination of individual and group therapy modalities to help people achieve greater control over their distressing emotions, and ultimately, their lives.

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy stands as an effective treatment option for individuals facing suicidal ideation and thoughts, nonsuicidal self-injury, or suicide attempts. In these crisis situations, DBT can help individuals to better cope with distressing emotions, thus preventing them from escalating and mitigating the need for ER or hospital visits.

    Additionally, this type of psychotherapy is proven effective for a wide range of other mental health disorders and emotional challenges including:

    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Substance Use Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Depression
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Anger Management Issues
    • Interpersonal Relationship Difficulties

    Scientific evidence and compelling anecdotes speak volumes to the positive impact DBT can have on your daily life. For decades, this treatment has empowered individuals to navigate their emotions and discover a path toward healing and resilience.


    What To Expect for DBT at Behavioral Psych Studio in New York & California

    At Behavioral Psych Studio, we believe in the power of personalized care and are dedicated to helping you thrive. Your DBT therapist will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, goals, and challenges.

    We’ll create a roadmap for your care by integrating information from your:

    • Comprehensive intake evaluation
    • Outside clinical or medical assessments
    • Psychiatric evaluations
    • Any past neuropsychological assessments

    Depending on your needs and preferences, your treatment plan may include a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, various emotion regulation strategies, and treatment components – including our standard comprehensive DBT programs.

    For your convenience, we also offer teletherapy options and incorporate between-session coaching to provide additional support on this journey.

    Meet Our Expert DBT Consultation Team

    Our team at Behavioral Psych Studio holds the firm belief that every person we serve has the power to create the lives they want to be living. Partner with a member of our mental health treatment team and discover how expert DBT can help you to better accept and regulate your emotions, thoughts, and reactions. 

    What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

    DBT is a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1970s. She faced her own mental health struggles as a teen and was passionate about helping patients who struggled with suicidal thoughts or behaviors to “get out of hell.”

    Dr. Linehan developed DBT to better treat patients who had Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as those who found coping with strong emotions difficult. She developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy after discovering that CBT alone was not helping her patients recover from their mental health conditions.

    DBT blends together change-based techniques (emphasizing changing one’s behavior) and acceptance-based approaches (emphasizing mindfulness and validation) to help people create “lives worth living.” Today, many psychologists use this therapy as a front-line approach to treating individuals with Bulimia, BPD, Substance Use Disorders, and a wide range of other mental health concerns.

    What Do You Treat?

    While it’s important to understand the way we all experience and respond to emotion varies from person to person, many Behavioral Psych Studio clients benefit from our Comprehensive DBT treatment program. It is designed to help those experiencing difficulty with their emotions, thoughts, behaviors and relationships.

    Some of our clients feel their emotions are out of control, which leads them to impulsive or destructive behaviors. Others feel numb because they’ve learned — over time — to suppress their emotions, or they struggle to identify how they’re feeling about another person, situation, or experience.

    In our DBT Treatment program, we teach our clients how to experience and manage their emotions in healthier, more effective ways. This is accomplished by a combination of individual and group therapy and between session phone coaching to help our clients weave the skills they learn into their lives in meaningful ways.

    What Are Your DBT Programs?

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the treatment of choice for issues related to managing strong emotions. Since its inception, DBT has been adapted to treat individuals across all age brackets. Here at Behavioral Psych Studio, we offer DBT in New York City and Beverly Hills California for adults, couples, families, adolescents, children, and caregivers of younger patients.

    When seeking treatment, it’s crucial to choose a program that aligns with the well-established body of research supporting DBT. At BPS, we prioritize evidence-based care, ensuring that our DBT programs are grounded in the latest research findings.

    Our DBT Treatment Program Overview

    Our Comprehensive Adult DBT Program Includes:

    • Individual Therapy | one or more times per week
    • Skills Training Class | on a weekly basis
    • Between-Session Coaching

    • Therapist Consultation Team
    • Family Meetings


    Our Intensive Outpatient Program: L.I.V.E. for Adults

    L.I.V.E. is an eight week outpatient DBT Program for ages 18 and above. It occurs on three days each week and runs from 4pm to 7pm, EST. This program includes:

    • Individual Sessions | twice weekly

    • DBT Skills Group Therapy | three times weekly

    • DBT Family and Friends Skills Group Therapy | weekly

    • Between-Session Coaching

    • Mindful Movement Group Therapy | weekly

    • Support Groups to Help Implement Skills and Cope Effectively | weekly

    • Support Groups to Provide Psychoeducation and Skills to Manage Co-occurring Issues | weekly

    Our Comprehensive Adolescent and Family DBT Program for Individuals Ages 13 to 17 Includes: 

    • Individual Therapy | one or more times per week
    • Skills Training Class | on a weekly basis | for the teen + at least one adult
    • Between-Session Coaching

    • Therapist Consultation Team

    • Behavioral Parent Training
    • Family Meetings
    • Consultation with School and Other Providers

    Our Intensive Outpatient Program: L.I.V.E. for Individuals Aged 13 to 17

    L.I.V.E. is an eight week outpatient DBT Program for individuals aged 13 to 17. It occurs on three days each week and runs from 12pm to 3pm. This program includes:

    • Individual Sessions | twice weekly
    • DBT Skills Group Therapy | three times weekly
    • DBT Parenting Skills Group Therapy | weekly
    • Between-Session Coaching

    • Support Groups to Help Teens Implement Skills and Cope Effectively
    • Support Groups to Provide Psychoeducation and Skills to Manage Co-occurring Issues

    Our DBT Program for Individuals Ages 12 and Under Includes:

    • Individual Sessions | for the child
    • Behavioral Training | for the parent
    • Between-Session Coaching
    • Family DBT Skills Training

    These sessions can be done together in 60 or 75 minute time blocks, or broken up as needed.

    Our DBT Program for Parents & Families

    Families can choose to participate in Family Therapy or Parent Behavioral Training with one of our Behavioral Psych Studio clinicians depending on their needs.

    To improve connection and communication among family members, DBT for Families, builds upon the skills clients have learned in their DBT skills training sessions.

    DBT for Couples

    Many couples find themselves locked in the frustrating and unproductive cycle of arguing, avoidance, and loneliness or dissatisfaction.

    Dr. Alan Fruzzetti adapted Dialectical Behavior Therapy specifically for high-conflict couples. It aims to help couples improve their relationships by teaching couples how to communicate more effectively.

    Our Substance Abuse DBT program is designed for individuals who are struggling with Substance Use Disorders as well as at least one of the following:

    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Intense Emotions

    Many who battle addiction also struggle with intense anxiety, depression, and difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviors. Our therapists at Behavioral Psych Studio will work closely with you to target the causes of your unwanted behavior and teach you behavioral skills to help you manage these urges more effectively.

    In our Dialectical Behavior Therapy program for Substance Use Disorders, you’ll receive therapy based on your initial assessment. During treatment, you will learn new skills designed to enhance your sense of connectedness to your community, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.

    Our aim is to empower you to manage the emotional distress leading to substance use. We will help you communicate your needs to others and improve control over your thoughts and behaviors.

    Our DBT Therapy Program for Substance Use Disorders Includes:

    • Individual Sessions | weekly
    • DBT Skills Group Therapy | weekly
    • Between-Session Coaching






    Create the Life You Want to Be Living

    You hold the power to take charge of your emotions and shape how you experience life. Our dedicated mental health treatment team at Behavioral Psych Studio is here to support you. With our comprehensive DBT programs, we will work hand in hand to help you develop the necessary emotional skills, cultivate resilience, and overcome obstacles along the way.

    Contact us to arrange a phone consultation or an in-person session today.