Adult Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?
This year-long program, developed by Marsha Linehan, is for individuals who are suicidal, self-injurious and have difficulty managing their emotions and sustaining relationships.
Through individual therapy, skills groups, and coaching, our DBT program helps individuals learn to become more mindful of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors; regulate their emotions and become more resilient; manage distress and increase impulse control; and improve relationships and self-respect.
Who would benefit from DBT?
Individuals who benefit from this approach:
• Experience chronic suicidal thoughts
• Engage in self-harming behavior
• Engage in behavior that inhibits quality of life
• Struggle to regulate emotions
• Have difficulty sustaining relationships
• Are confused about themselves and their emotions or behaviors
Common diagnoses among DBT clients include depression and other mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
When is it offered?
We offer DBT Skills Groups for men and women. These groups meet once per week. Individual DBT therapy is ongoing.
Clients will be individually assessed for their readiness to participate in individual DBT therapy and skills group. We do not currently have a skills group for clients with developmental disabilities.
Are there any requirements to participate?
Enrollment in the program requires a one-year commitment and will require collaboration between the client’s professional team, including case manager, individual therapist, psychiatrist, primary care physician, residential staff and other service providers as needed.
Our outpatient therapy can help with everything, from managing your emotions to managing severe and persistent mental illnesses. Located at our Richfield, Golden Valley, and Brooklyn Center sites five days a week, our outpatient therapy teams are trauma-informed to best empower everyone to live an emotionally healthy life.
Family life can be difficult whether someone in your family has a mental health issue or not. We understand that the strength and health of the family unit is fundamental to everyone in it, which is why we offer therapy for the entire family and include it as part of some of our other programs.
Looking for things you can start doing right away, at home? Our therapists and mental health workers have written some guides, tips, and articles to help.
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