What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy was developed by Marsha Linehan as a treatment model for people diagnosed with borderline personality characteristics, though current research and treatment has expanded to other disorders related to difficulties with emotional regulation. What's most important to understand is that DBT is a research-based program with evidence suggesting that treatment is effective in managing intense emotions and decreasing impulsive behaviors.

What makes DBT distinct from other cognitive behavioral therapies?
• Balance between acceptance and change strategies
• Emphasis on validation as a strategy and life skill
• Dialectical thinking is based on assumptions about reality that promote flexibility and change.

What are the general goals of DBT?
• Developing a stable identity that improves life satisfaction
• Developing skills that promote building and maintaining relationships
• Increasing positive experiences and decreasing frequency and intensity of emotional suffering
• Tolerating painful life experiences without withdrawing or intensifying pain

What are the core components of DBT?
• Individual therapy
• Skills group
• Phone coaching

What is a typical session like?
Group therapy sessions consist of mindfulness exercises, homework review, and creative presentation of new skills. Experiential learning methods such as use of media, role playing and games will be used in a safe, supportive environment.

What is the commitment?
• Interview required
• Weekly individual session
• Weekly skills group session
• 24-week commitment