What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a scientific protocol proven to be effective in helping clients manage overwhelming emotions, control self-destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relationships.

Why was DBT Developed?

Marsha Linehan, PhD. developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as an intensive outpatient treatment program designed for clients with a high risk of suicide, self-destructive and impulsive behaviors, chronic feelings of emptiness, high anxiety, severe depression, complex post-traumatic-stress syndrome, addictions and eating disorders. DBT is a therapeutic approach that requires clients to use practical skills on a daily basis. As clients learn new behaviors over time, they have tools to manage intense emotions and cope when destructive urges arise. DBT is beneficial for any person who is struggling with destructive behaviors and relationships that get in the way of building a life worth living.

DBT Program Assessment Process

The therapists will meet with clients 3-4 times prior to enrollment into the program. Items covered include:

  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Overview of the four DBT modules
  • Explanation of DBT requirements and expectations
  • Determine if DBT is the appropriate treatment
  • Client commitment to one year of weekly individual and group skills training

State Certified Programs

Our state certified team at Integrity Counseling follows a DBT training program that is tailored to meet the needs of each client. We focus on teaching DBT skills clearly and simply through our creative and interactive techniques. Clients learn dynamically in order to ensure their ability to translate the skills to successfully navigate challenges in their daily lives.

DBT Therapy Whitepaper

Check out our Whitepaper for more details on DBT Therapy.