Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Adult and Adolescent Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


The goal of DBT is to create a life worth living.

What is DBT?

DBT as a toolbox overflowing with practical skills for managing overwhelming emotions, improving relationships, and navigating life's challenges. Unlike other therapies that focus solely on changing behaviors, DBT values both acceptance and change. It acknowledges that sometimes, things are tough, and accepting that reality is the first step towards positive change.

DBT is based on cognitive theory behavioral theory and dialectical philosophies. The model looks at how symptoms are created through transactions in the environment and works to extinguish unproductive behaviors and find a new balance. DBT was created to treat suicidal and para-suicidal behaviors, and research now shows significant improvement for emotion regulation and impulsivity by becoming more aware of the moment.

Who can benefit from DBT?

Originally developed for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT's applications have expanded to help people experiencing:

  • Intense emotions like anger, sadness, or fear.
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms like self-harm or substance abuse.
  • Difficulty regulating emotions and managing stress.
  • Challenges in relationships and communication.

What does DBT involve?

DBT typically involves two key components:

  • Individual therapy: You'll work with a trained therapist to develop personalized skills and strategies for managing your emotions and navigating difficult situations.
  • Group skills training: In a supportive group setting, you'll learn practical tools like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

What are the benefits of DBT?

Research shows that DBT can be  effective in helping people:

  • Reduce self-harming behaviors and suicidal thoughts.
  • Improve emotional regulation and distress tolerance.
  • Develop healthier coping mechanisms.
  • Build stronger relationships.
  • Increase overall quality of life.

Is DBT right for you?

If you're struggling with intense emotions, unhealthy coping mechanisms, or difficulty managing life's challenges, DBT could be a valuable tool for your journey towards emotional well-being. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional to see if DBT might be a good fit for you.

Remember: Taking the first step towards getting help is the bravest step you can take. DBT empowers you to navigate life's ups and downs with greater resilience and self-compassion. 

Our adolescent and adult groups engage individuals who:

  • Meet criteria for borderline personality disorder
  • Meet criteria for multiple mental health diagnoses
  • Are at risk for suicidal or para-suicidal behaviors

Participants engage in both psychotherapy and skills training groups. Participants must commit to working with an individual DBT therapist once per week and attend weekly group skills sessions. Groups are 2.5 hours in length.

DBT therapists are part of a team that utilizes the knowledge of other therapists to ensure individuals receive the highest quality of care.

Individuals in DBT have access to an psychotherapist outside of conventional therapy sessions.


Fees are determined by program and will be discussed with you.

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For more information or to request an appointment please call us at 507-287-2010 or contact us by email.

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