Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD and is a treatment designed specifically for individuals with self-harm behaviors, such as cutting, suicidal thoughts, urges to suicide, and suicide attempts. Many clients with these behaviors meet criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is not unusual for individuals diagnosed with BPD to also struggle with other problems — depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems.

To read more about DBT therapy and frequently asked questions, visit the Behavioral Tech FAQ.

Adult DBT Therapy

Discovery Counseling & Consulting offers DBT therapy programs that are “comprehensive and adherent”, which means they faithfully follow the model established by Marsha Linehan. Our DBT programs include all four treatment components: individual therapy, group skills training, phone coaching, and team consultation.

Our adult DBT program consists of the following components:

  • DBT skills training groups focus on helping clients develop the coping skills they need to solve their own problems and achieve their desired goals.
  • DBT individual therapy requires participants to be in individual therapy while they are in skills group. Individual therapy is where the clients discuss the behaviors and stressors they are experiencing that prevent them from living the life they want and build on what is learned in group.
  • DBT phone coaching is offered to all clients in our DBT program. Phone coaching is available as an “after hours” way for clients to access their therapist for coaching on using skills to manage urges for suicide, self-harm, or other problematic behaviors.

Adolescent DBT Therapy

Our adolescent DBT therapy program modifies the DBT program and offers unique methods of addressing frequent conflicts between parents and teens. The adolescent DBT program includes focusing on the Middle Path; a unique way for teens and their parents to find the middle ground of their different perspectives.

Like the adult DBT therapy program, it includes DBT adolescent skills training group and DBT-focused individual therapy. Parents attend all DBT skills groups with their teens to help parents communicate more effectively with their teens, to learn how to coach their teens in using skills when problems arise, and to develop their own coping skills.

Family Education and Support

Families and loved ones connected to someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or intense emotions often face unique problems. Rapid mood changes and impulsive behavior may cause intense stress, confusion and desires both to punish extreme behavior and protect the loved one from the consequences of impulsive behavior. Loved ones and family members often feel alone, angry, isolated and confused. Discovery Counseling & Consulting offers programs to help you develop more effective ways of managing relationships and reduce guilt, tension and conflicts.

Our DBT support programs include:

Family Education Group

The Family Education Group provides information on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and effective skills in maintaining relationships affected by intense emotions.

The Family Education Group is in an informal classroom setting and meets for 7 weeks.

Family Support Group

The Family Support Group is on ongoing support group for families and loved ones that have completed the Family Education Group. It focuses on providing professional and peer support as family members address ongoing issues with BPD. The Family Support Group also provides for continued skill development and strategies for affected families.

Individual and Family Coaching

Individual and Family Coaching provides the opportunity for individuals and families to address concerns in a more private setting. Individual and family coaching provides an opportunity to explore concerns in a more detailed manner and develop strategies to manage ongoing problems with BPD.

To schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians, or learn more about dialectical behavior therapy, please call our office (804-591-0002) or request an appointment online.