Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was designed to help people manage strong emotions and change unhealthy thinking patterns and ineffective behaviors that lead to misery and distress. DBT works through both individual therapy and group skills training sessions. It combines both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches to help people understand and change patterns of living that cause suffering. An evidence-based treatment supported by years of published research, DBT has been shown to be as or more effective than other therapies for the struggles mentioned below.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy separates skills training from individual psychotherapy, requiring participants to attend weekly skills training groups in addition to ongoing, weekly psychotherapy. As a unique and powerful way to further reinforce skills taught in the group setting, telephone coaching with a therapist is available between group sessions.
One of the key assumptions of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is that, while we may not have caused all of our problems, we are the only ones capable of, and responsible for, resolving them.
This requires a continual willingness on the part of DBT participants to work hard and look at themselves honestly, in order to make the changes necessary to "create a life worth living".
Because of the personal dedication, sacrifice and effort required to successfully complete our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, applicants are required to complete an individual DBT Orientation & Commitment session as part of the assessment process.