Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness practice and formal coping skills training. DBT was originally developed for individuals meeting criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. Through the support of extensive research, DBT has become an evidence-based treatment for a more general population of adolescents and adults who struggle to cope effectively with intense emotions.

Individual DBT sessions help clients remove the barriers that get in the way of their goals in order to build a life worth living. DBT skills training helps clients enhance their ability to regulate emotions, be mindful of the present moment, tolerate distress, and maintain effective relationships. DBT individual and skills training sessions often target and reduce…

  • Mood Swings, Up and Down Emotions, & Problems with Anger
  • Impulsive, Avoidance, & Self-Harming Behavior
  • Interpersonal Stress, Loneliness, & Fears of Abandonment
  • Sense of Emptiness, Inadequacy, & Not Knowing Where You Fit In
  • Difficulties Thinking Clearly & Feeling Disconnected
  • All-or-Nothing Thinking & Difficulties with Change
  • Family & Relationship Conflict



Our DBT program is a comprehensive treatment that includes:

  • Individual Therapy (weekly)
  • Skills Training (weekly)
  • Skills Coaching (as needed)

Our DBT services are unique in that our DBT team is comprised of intensively trained DBT psychologists and an expert DBT psychiatrist. Our extensive DBT experience has allowed us to create a program that honors the traditional DBT team with an added level of interdisciplinary consultation that other programs are not able to offer.

Throughout our experiences in DBT, we have discovered restrictions that can exclude clients interested in DBT from participating in the treatment. Rather than letting clients in need of DBT slip through the cracks, MMHW does their best to create a middle path. In addition to DBT Skills Group Training, MMHW offers individual and family skills training programs. This allows us to adhere to core DBT principles while providing a modern version of this time-tested treatment.