Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that was originally created by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington to treat adults with Borderline Personality Disorder.  BPD is characterized by frequent, intense and unmanageable emotions, leading to problems such as impulsivity, suicidality, non-suicidal self-injury, substance abuse, eating disorders, identity issues, anger management issues and interpersonal difficulties.

 

Since its inception, it has been adapted to also treat children, adolescents and their caregivers or family members and couples.  Comprehensive DBT has been extensively researched and is well-renowned as the treatment-of-choice for issues related to managing intense emotions.  More recently, DBT has been demonstrated to be effective with high-conflict families and couples, as well as those struggling with Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Substance Use Disorders and Trichotillomania.

You may benefit from DBT if you experience any of the following:

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  • Intense or unmanageable emotions

  • Interpersonal conflict

  • Impulsivity

  • Sense of emptiness or a lack of sense of self

  • Intense fear of abandonment and rejection

  • Difficulty keeping employment

Comprehensive DBT has 4 components:

 

  • Weekly Skills Training Group

  • Weekly individual therapy

  • In-between session skill brief phone consultation

  • Team consultation (for the therapist).

 

It typically takes between 6-12 months to complete the full program, although not everyone needs comprehensive DBT. Some people may benefit from the skills group alone or just individual therapy.  After your initial evaluation, we will determine which kind of treatment will best suit your needs and goals.