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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy created by Marsha Linehan specifically for individuals who have difficulty tolerating and regulating challenging emotions. These individuals often develop strategies for coping with these intense emotions that help them feel better in the short term but end up causing more suffering in the long term.

DBT can be helpful for individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD). The DBT coping skill groups help explain skills/coping strategies in an easy-to-learn manner, and helps individuals implement these skills into their everyday lives.

DBT can be helpful for individuals who often struggle with one or more of the following:

  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • School or work avoidance
  • Aggression (verbal or physical)
  • Disordered eating behaviors
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Impulsive and make emotionally driven decisions
  • Have trouble asking for help effectively
  • Struggle with relationships 
  • Are interested and motivated to make positive changes in their lives

An Intensive Outpatient Program can be helpful for individuals who: 

  • Have tried a less intensive level of therapy 
  • Have not achieved the level of stability they want 
  • Have demonstrated an escalation of behaviors that could lead to hospitalization 
  • Are stepping down from inpatient or residential treatment