Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

This 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 and coaching, our DBT therapists help 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 individual DBT therapy on an ongoing basis.

Clients will be individually assessed for their readiness to participate in individual DBT therapy. We do not currently have a skills group for clients, however, individual DBT is a good option for those who are already attending a skills group but do not have an individual therapist, or would like additional support.

Are there any requirements to participate?

Enrollment in the program requires collaboration between the client’s professional team, including an external skills group facilitator, case manager, individual therapist, psychiatrist, primary care physician, residential staff, and other service providers as needed.

Therapy for Children

Our outpatient therapy is the “traditional” therapy where your child has a standing appointment with one of our therapists. It can help with everything from managing emotions to managing severe and persistent mental illnesses. Our outpatient therapy teams are trauma-informed to best empower everyone to live an emotionally healthy life.

Family Therapy

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.

Home Resources

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.

I have been living with mental illnesses since I was 13, and hospitalized more than 10 times since I was 19. After being in therapy for the last six months, I feel more stable than I have in my whole life... I love what they have done for me.

Headway Client

Our son cares about himself and others around him… He has regained hope and faith in life, and as a family, we have a huge increase in the positive interaction and time we share. Thank you for giving us so much.

Headway Parent

I've worked with Headway for over ten years and the quality of the services they provide to youth and their family has been excellent. The staff genuinely care about their clients and want them to be successful, and they hold their young clients accountable for their behavior.

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