Hyland Behavioral Health

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment designed specifically for individuals who have tried various treatment programs, but still struggle with emotions and difficult behavior.

DBT was developed to help individuals who:

  • Have tried multiple other treatment programs
  • Live chaotic painful lives
  • Hurt themselves deliberately to change the way that they feel
  • Have spells of dissociation, forgetfulness, or “spaciness”
  • Have trouble staying sober, despite treatment
  • Feel painful and empty
  • Feel suicidal a lot of the time
  • Eat and/or sleep too much or too little.
  • Feel depressed a lot, despite good treatment
  • Feel out of control of their behavior
  • Are anxious much of the time

DBT is supportive, behavioral, cognitive, and skill-oriented. It balances acceptance and change, and requires a collaborative relationship between patient and therapist.

Intensive Outpatient DBT Program:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Typical program is 9 or 18 visits

Treatment consists of:

  • 3 Skills groups per day (Patients will learn four sets of important skills – Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance)
  • Committing to complete homework in between sessions
  • Medical consultation with a psychiatrist
  • Individual DBT therapy sessions
  • Family Meeting

(click to access General DBT Flyer)