Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the 1970s by Dr. Marsha Linehan.  DBT is based on the principle of “dialectics”, the concept that two opposite things can both be true at the same time.  The DBT therapist validates the client’s need for acceptance, as well as acknowledging the need for change.  DBT is the recommended form of treatment for individuals who engage in self-harming behavior, engage in chronic suicidal behavior, have difficulty regulating emotions and engaging in interpersonal relationships.  

Several therapists at Inner Clarity have completed certificate courses in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The full course of DBT treatment is comprised of weekly DBT sessions, weekly skills group, as well as phone coaching. Please contact us to obtain updated information on the types of DBT groups we currently offer. Those with more severe self-harming behavior, or depressive symptoms may need to be referred to a more intensive DBT program. DBT individual sessions are 60 minutes in length. During the individual sessions, clients review their diary cards from the previous week, review skill handouts, and a behavior chain analysis is reviewed/completed if there is an episode of self-harming behavior in between sessions.