DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan as a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. In the past 30 years, researchers have found it to also be a very effective treatment for multiple other conditions, including depression, PTSD, impulsivity, eating disorders, and some forms of anxiety.
Our DBT program is certified by MN Department of Human Services and serves clients age 18 and above. Clients in our DBT program receive three modes of treatment – individual therapy, phone coaching, and skills group. Our clients meet with their individual therapist for one hour a week and attend a two-hour weekly skills group for at least 26 weeks. Unlike traditional group psychotherapy which focuses on processing experiences and feelings, DBT groups focus on learning four sets of important skills::
The most important of the overall goals in DBT is helping clients create a “life worth living.” What makes a life worth living varies from client to client. For some, a life worth living is finding a partner and having kids. For others, it’s finishing school and pursuing a career. Others might focus on creative expression or being able to find enjoyment in daily activities.
Our Minneapolis DBT program meets at the following days and times:
West St. Paul's DBT program meets:
West Metro's DBT program meets: