Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

What is DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based treatment program developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Initially, it was created for treating chronically suicidal and self-injurious individuals. 


With research over the past few decades, it has also been proven to be effective for individuals with mild to moderate problems coping with life. Some of these issues may include:  difficulty regulating emotions, relationship issues, communication problems, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, worry, and confusion about oneself, and substance abuse.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy consists of 4 components:


  • Skills training. *
  • Individual/Family Therapy.
  • Phone Coaching for skill acquisition and generalization to everyday living.
  • Consultation team. **

*Participating in skills class alone is not DBT and is not counseling. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-injurious behaviors participation in a program with all 4 components of DBT is recommended.


 **The consultation team is designed for the therapist to be accountable for effectively implementing treatment with individuals, and family members.

About Skills Class

Class meets once a week for 90 minutes. The focus is on learning and practicing skills without getting deeply into participants' personal problems.


If more severe problems or emotions such as suicidal or self-harming thoughts are occuring, it is recommended to have individual therapy in addition to the weekly class session. Having one on one therapy allows for the time and attention to work on these  particular issues in private.


Members will be taught the  following skills: 

  1. Emotional Regulation
  2. Distress Tolerance 
  3. Interpersonal Skills
  4. Mindfulness

An evaluation is required prior to starting a class. The curriculum can take up to 6 months to complete once. Experience has shown repeating the curriculum several times enhances understanding of the skills, increases retention of the knowledge and skills, builds self confidence in applying the skills in various contexts such as: at work, with family, friends, navigating holiday seasons, life transitions and managing day to day responsibilities. Many choose to continue on longer to create longer lasting change. For more information regarding participation in the DBT skills class 

call 832-702-7590. 

Class options

ADULTS

Tuesdays: 6:00-7:30 pm

Or

Wednesdays: 6:00-7:30 pm


YOUNG ADULTS (18 -20)

Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm


TEENS (13 - 17)

Wednesdays:  6:00 - 7:30 pm

Or

Thursdays:  6:00 - 7:30


PARENT CLASS

for parents or caregivers of a teen in one of our skills classes.

Mondays: 6-7:30pm

8 week commitment


ADVANCED PROCESS GROUPS

for those that have either gone through our program or have been evaluated for readiness if transitioning from a  residential, inpatient or outpatient DBT program.