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DBT for Adults

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Adults?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Adults is an evidence-based treatment created by Dr. Marsha Linehan. It was originally created for the treatment of borderline personality disorder – a disorder characterized by highly suicidal behaviors, self-harm, and intense, out-of-control emotions. DBT has now proven effective in treating a wide array of mental health disorders – personality disorders, chronic depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and addictions.

More About Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) For Adults

Our program has been certified by the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services as an adherent, standard DBT program. Our certified DBT program includes all of the components of treatment included in DBT:

  • Weekly individual therapy
  • Weekly skills training group
  • Access to after-hours DBT phone coaching
  • A DBT consultation team of committed and trained DBT therapists

We cover these 4 main modules:

Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present moment.  Mindfulness skills help us to experience our current environment, sensations, feelings, and thoughts in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness can help when distracted and overwhelmed.  Mindfulness helps to reduce misery and increase our capacity for joy and hope.

Interpersonal effectiveness skills help to reduce painful and chaotic relationships.  Interpersonal effectiveness skills teach clients how to ask for what they want or need and say no to unwanted requests –  all while maintaining or improving the quality of their relationships and maintaining their self-respect.

Emotion regulation skills help to reduce painful, unwanted emotions.  Clients learn how to live more effectively with their emotions – how emotions work, how to manage them more effectively, and how to reduce sensitivity to emotions.

Distress tolerance skills help clients get through difficult and painful moments without making things worse.  Distress tolerance skills include crisis survival skills as well as skills to help tolerate and accept pain in a more effective way.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) For Adults Locations

We accept all insurances including medical assistance and other state health plans. A reduced rate for uninsured private pay patients is available. Forms for this program can be found on our Patient Forms page by clicking here.

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