Dialectical Behavior Therapy

About Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based therapy designed to treat people who experience suicidal thinking and behaviors that are disruptive such as maladaptive coping skills and self harm.

Our DBT skills group emphasizes Linehan’s four core concepts to help regulate the emotions and behaviors of our clients: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Along with these and other skills that focus on acceptance and change, group members will learn to tolerate emotional stress that is free of judgment and urges. Simultaneously, parents of adolescent group members will be introduced to the same skills in order to increase support and treatment efficacy for their children in a coinciding parent group.

Group Population

  • Adolescents in middle school and their parents
  • Adolescents in high school and their parents
  • Adults

Issues Addressed

  • Self Harm
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Impulsive behavior and chronic or pervasive thoughts which lead to unsafe behaviors

Group Details

Our skills group is ongoing and meets weekly.

An intake assessment is required prior to the start of group for all new clients. All families must also attend a group orientation session and purchase Marsha Linehan’s book DBT Skills and Training Handouts and Worksheets (available for purchase online or at our office).

Group members are required to also attend individual therapy sessions in order to remain in the group.


Group Leaders