DBT Skills & DBT Groups

DBT SkillsDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is more than just another method of psychotherapy used by treatment centers and therapists. DBT is an evidence-based therapy that can help you to learn to control your behaviors, fully experience emotions, solve ordinary life problems, and feel a sense of connection to the world and people around you.

DBT is a powerful modality that can help you improve your overall quality of life by teaching you useful skills. DBT has been thoroughly researched in numerous clinical trials and has proven to be effective with a variety of psychiatric disorders and life problems.

DBT was developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan as a way to treat the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The therapy, a modification of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), was designed to help people engaging in self-harmful behaviors such as cutting and suicidal thoughts and attempts. This new type of therapy, called DBT, includes concepts such as mindfulness, validation, acceptance, and dialectics.

DBT was determined to be so effective for treating Borderline Personality Disorder and self-harmful behaviors that its use expanded to treat the following disorders:

DBT Treatment

No matter what psychiatric disorder or addiction you receive Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment for, you will undergo the same type of DBT therapy. You will be paired with a DBT therapist who is trained in the DBT model and who will help to coordinate your treatment with other providers, such as psychiatrists or vocational counselors. Your DBT therapist will help you keep track of how your treatment is progressing and whether or not you are meeting your goals.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment is made up of three components:

DBT Stages and Targets

Dialectical Behavior Therapy organizes treatment into DBT stages and targets so that you can first address issues that are life-threatening or preventing you from effective treatment before learning new coping behaviors. DBT is organized into the following four stages:

DBT Treatment at the DBT Center of Southern California

The DBT Center of Southern California offers one of the most extensive and flexible continuums of care available anywhere. We offer a full continuum of comprehensive DBT treatment programs, including residential DBT, day treatment DBT, and outpatient DBT programs, to help you achieve lasting recovery.

All DBT programs include individual DBT therapy sessions, DBT skills training groups, and DBT phone coaching. Our expert team of DBT therapists has received intensive training from Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, or UCLA Harbor Hospital’s DBT training program.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an issue and need Dialectical Behavior Therapy, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-573-0770 to ask questions and receive a free assessment.