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DBT for Managing Intense Emotions

What ages do you do Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for at the Center for CBT? 

Teens, Young Adults, and Adults

What is the most effective treatment for dealing with Intense Emotions?


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective treatment program designed for individuals who struggle with any of the following: 

    • Strong emotional reactions -  feeling intensely sad, anxious, guilty, irritated, etc.

    • Feelings of emptiness, numbness, or disconnection

    • Difficulties in relationships 

    • Unsure sense of who they are

    • Risky or impulsive behaviors to manage emotions

    • Substance use

    • Suicidality

    • Self-harm

    • Trauma

    • Anxiety

    • Depression

    • Borderline Personality Disorder


What does the DBT treatment at the Center for CBT process entail?


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy at the Center for CBT includes individual (one on one with the therapist) and/or group therapy (Weekly DBT Skills Training Group).  Our DBT expert will be able to provide a recommendation regarding which format (individual and/or group) will be most effective and appropriate for each patient. 

  • Weekly Individual Therapy

    • Individual DBT therapy takes a validating, collaborative, and structured approach to help clients improve their lives and create a valued life that they feel is worth living. Therapy involves identifying goals for change, generating solution strategies, applying DBT skills, and improving decision making abilities.

    • Individual DBT therapy is typically done weekly for 60 minutes. 

  • Weekly DBT Skills Training Group - A structured, interactive, and class-like group experience that teaches concrete strategies in the following areas:

    • Emotion Regulation- Behavioral and cognitive techniques to manage overwhelming emotions and vulnerability to having strong emotional reactions

    • Distress Tolerance- How to get through difficult moments or crises without acting impulsively or causing harm

    • Interpersonal Effectiveness– Improve and effectively manage relationships (family, friends, peers, teachers, coworkers, etc.)

    • Walking the Middle Path (teens/young adults)– Balance extreme thinking and manage conflict in families

    • Mindfulness- Increase awareness and clarity without judging our experience

  • DBT skills training group meets weekly for 60-90 minutes, for approximately 20 weeks. It is open to Teens, Young Adults, and Adults. There is no expectation for group members to share personal or uncomfortable information. 

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