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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Do you or someone you love struggle with intense emotions?  Do these big feelings interfere with leading the life you want to live?  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly structured, individualized treatment that teaches skills that make a difference.  Through DBT, pre-teens, teens, adults, and parents have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills in these arenas: mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.  DBT seeks to balance two concepts that may appear to be quite opposite: acceptance and change. As we learn to both accept our situation and make changes that are possible, life becomes worth living.

DBT, developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness principles.  It is an evidence-based treatment approach originally designed for helping individuals with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.  Ongoing research on DBT shows that it is effective for helping adults and teens who struggle with symptoms and diagnoses like intense emotions, self-injury, suicidal thoughts, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders.

The Institute for Girls’ Development offers Comprehensive DBT Treatment.


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Current DBT Groups:

Elementary Age:                               WaveRiders™

Middle School Age:                          Cool Tools with concurrent Mindful Parenting Group

Middle/High School Age:               Multifamily DBT

Young Women:                                 Stage 1 DBT – Young Women’s DBT Skills Group