Comprehensive DBT Program

Comprehensive DBT consists of a strong commitment between the therapist and client and consists of participation in multiple components of treatment. Without these components the treatment is not adherent to DBT.

  1. DBT Individual Therapy
    Clients meet 1 time a week with their individual therapist, who is trained in DBT, ad is part of our DBT consultation team.
  2. DBT DBT Skills Group
    This is a group that meets for 1-2 hours, once a week, and is taught as a didactic skills class. The structure of our group begins with 5-10 of mindfulness followed by skills training. We follow the syllabus laid fourth by Dr. Linehan in her DBT Skills Training Manual, and all clients are provided with the DBT skills Training Handouts and Worksheets. Groups consist of 4-10 clients per group. The group is not a support group where members talk to each other about their feelings and share their problems. It is more like a class where the leaders present skills to be learned and mastered. Home work is assigned in each group.

    For those clients that do not want a comprehensive DBT program, but still want to learn DBT skills, we do allow entrance into some of our DBT skills groups, provided you are working with a therapist that we can collaborate with (please check with the therapist assigned to conduct the group). We will work with the treatment team you already have in place. Clients are required to attend an individual assessment prior to joining groups.

  3. DBT Phone Coaching
    Clients have 24 hour access to their individual therapist in order to receive skills coaching in the moment as needed (please discuss therapist response time and particular hours that each therapist may have limited availability.
  4. DBT DBT Consultation Team
    The consultation team is an integral part of DBT and serves as “therapy for the therapist.” In DBT, all clients are being treated by our team, not just their individual therapist. In consultation team, all of our DBT therapists meet to consult with one another and strategize on cases, provide feedback and support to the therapists, and make sure that the DBT protocol is being followed on each case to best support the client and provide the highest quality of care. DBT cannot be provided unless a therapist has a DBT consult team.