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Dialectical Behavior Therapy




Who Can Benefit


Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a comprehensive model of therapy, developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and awareness principles.


DBT is designed for individuals struggling with chaotic emotions, relationships and life patterns. The focus of DBT is on providing alternative coping skills to maladaptive behavior and skills to improve the quality of life.


Clients work with their therapist to:

• Cope with stress

• Stabilize mood

• Manage intense feelings

• Control impulsive behaviors

• Live in the present

• Maintain healthy relationships


Program Description:

A variety of DBT groups are offered including:

• Adolescent groups

• Day and evening groups

• Basic skills groups

• Female only

• Male and female groups


Clients are encouraged to refer themselves to the DBT program. Any professionals working with the client can make a referral, suggest skills training and explain program expectations. Clients must be en- gaged in individual therapy with a DBT trained therapist.


Clients are asked for a substantial time commitment; they are also given homework between group and sessions and provided opportu nity to practice new skills in sessions and groups.


Program Goals


Groups focus on teaching and practicing coping skills in the areas of:

• Core mindfulness

• Interpersonal effectiveness

• Emotion regulation

• Distress tolerance


FLMHC was one of the first outpatient provider of DBT programming in the State of Minnesota. Our program has been ongoing, providing services by highly skilled, trained and educated therapists.


Who Can Benefit?


Clients who struggle with:

• Inadequate sense of self

• Low self esteem

• Impulsive self damaging behavior and/or suicidal behavior

• Rapid switches of affect and mood, intense emotions

• Chaotic relationships, fear of abandonment, and an inability to sustain relationships

• Dissociation, depersonalization


Diagnostic categories appropriate for referral include, but are not limited to:

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Conduct Disorder

• Oppositional Defiant Disorder

• Disruptive Behavior Disorder

• Borderline Personality Disorder

• Dissociative Disorders

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder



Following the completion of an initial assessment by a DBT therapist, clients will be contacted with notification of when each group will begin.  Groups meet at a variety of times and dates. The group coordinator will help to make the best arrangements for group match that is possible.


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