DBT Outpatient Programs

Individual DBT Therapy

Individual DBT therapy is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and focuses on patient/therapist collaboration to determine what maladaptive behaviors are impeding the patient towards building their Life Worth Living. The individual 50-minute session focuses on creating greater awareness and enhancing motivation for patients to learn and generalize DBT skills to manage the challenges they face in their daily lives. Learning new coping skills, replacing unhealthy thinking, developing greater awareness of behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, and learning how to balance Acceptance and Change strategies, are important aspects of individual DBT therapy. Using diary cards to support greater self-understanding as well as working through Behavior Chain Analysis with their individual therapist, strengthens the patient’s awareness of their behaviors and helps facilitate alternate coping strategies.

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Adult Intensive Outpatient Program

Our DBT Intensive Outpatient Program is held 3 days per week and offers a minimum of 10 hours of services. The program includes yoga/mindfulness practice, art therapy, skills training and individual therapy. An initial assessment is required. Participants can choose between a morning or evening track.

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Adult DBT Skills Group

This is a 90 minute DBT Adult Skills Group that meets weekly and covers the DBT model created by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness are modules covered in a small, specialized group setting. The 20-week skills training is educative and interactive. An initial assessment is required.

Family Connections

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) affects the whole family. When a loved one has borderline personality disorder, suffers from extreme emotions, self-harm, suicidality, and a pattern of unstable relationships, family and loved ones may suffer a great deal. Since BPD can include a pattern of intense and stormy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, they may be on the roller coaster of extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation). Changeable moods, high-risk behavior, suicidality and intense anger are often part of life for a person with BPD and in turn, becomes part of life for those who love them. Families of people with BPD may benefit from support, skills training and sometimes their own therapy. The challenges of dealing with an ill relative on a daily basis can be very stressful, and family members may unknowingly act in ways that negatively impact their relative. Family Connections™ is a free group program facilitated by highly trained family members that focuses on the needs of family members.

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Multi-Family Adolescent Group

This is a 2-hour DBT Adolescent Skills Group for teens and their parents. The group meets weekly and covers the DBT model based on the curriculum of Dr. Alec Miller and Jill Rathus that combines Dr. Marsha Linehan’s skills training manual specifically tailored to address the needs of adolescents and their families. The 20-week group curriculum is educative, fun and interactive. An initial assessment is required.

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DBT-AB (Addictive Behaviors) Skills Group

This is a six week-long program, held for 120 minutes, one time per week. This is an advanced educational group focusing on DBT Skills specific to addictive behaviors. Knowledge of DBT basic skills is fundamental for admission to this group.

LGBTQIA+ DBT Skills Group

This is a ten week-long program, held for ninety minutes, one time per week. This is an advanced process group that requires that participants have either graduated from a DBT Skills Group, or a DBT Intensive Outpatient Program. The group was developed to assist participants with discussing complex issues and applying DBT skills to queer related topics such as: gender identity & sexual orientation exploration, coming out, navigating minority stress/microaggressions and LGBT+ self-compassion.