Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven effective for helping people manage overwhelming emotions by strengthening their ability to handle distress. 

DBT utilizes mindful awareness to help people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states, and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions.

Our DBT program focuses on teaching skills in both an individual and group setting. This approach utilizes a balance of validation and support with change strategies.

Balancing Rocks
Group Meeting

Who may benefit from DBT?

  • Individuals who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

  • Individuals who have multiple mental health diagnoses.

  • Individuals who exhibit behaviors characterized by impulsivity, self harm, suicidal ideation, or severe dysfunction across multiple life areas.

  • Individuals who have mental health needs that are not being met with other available services alone.

  • Individuals who are at risk for:

    • needing higher levels of care (hospitalization/partial hospitalization)

    • chronic self harm urges (suicidal and/or non-suicidal)

    • mental health crises

    • decompensation of mental health symptoms

Program Details and Expectations:

  • The Secure Base DBT program is accepting clients 18 years or older - with future goals to develop an adolescent program. 

  • This program includes:

    • one hour of individual therapy with a DBT-trained therapist and

    • two hours of DBT Skills Training Group weekly.

  • Consistent attendance is a major component of the DBT program and attendance contracts will be implemented as part of treatment.

  • Most clients will participate in the DBT program for between six to twelve months before graduation.