Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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Click here to learn about our new Adolescent DBT Program.

What is DBT?

DBT or Dialectical Behavior 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.

How is the DBT program structured?

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:

  • Mindfulness: Becoming more aware of self and others and attentive to the present moment.
  • Distress tolerance: Feeling intense emotions like anger without reacting impulsively or using self-injury or substance abuse to dampen distress.
  • Emotional regulation: Recognizing, labeling, and adjusting emotions.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: Navigating conflict and interacting assertively.

What are the top targets and goals of treatment in DBT?

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.

NEW - Adaptive DBT

To make the benefits of DBT more accessible to those with different learning styles, ACP now offers Adaptive DBT. Our Adaptive DBT program provides full DBT programming in an alternate format, designed to complement those who would benefit from increased repetition and a slower learning pace. Adaptive DBT will facilitate the teaching of traditional DBT skills using a hands-on, interactive learning approach.

Participants who are a good fit for the program should meet these criteria:

  • Must be able to make the time commitment for weekly group (2 hours) and therapy (1 hour) consistently for the span of the program.
  • Must be able to interact and participate in a group environment.
  • Must be able to accept coaching on skill use.
  • Must be able to learn new materials or retain information with repetition or reminders.
  • Must be able to use skills independently after coaching.
  • Must be able to read and discuss handouts in session and complete homework outside of group.

Adaptive DBT is offered at our Minneapolis location on Wednesdays at 2pm-4pm.

Group schedules:

Minneapolis

Our Minneapolis DBT program meets at the following days and times:

  • Monday (co-ed)
  • Monday (co-ed)
  • Tuesday (co-ed)
  • Tuesday (co-ed)
  • Wednesday (co-ed)
  • Thursday (women only)
  • Thursday (co-ed)
  • 9:30am - 11:30am
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 9:30am - 11:30am
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
*All group times are subject to availability. Call for current group schedules and openings.

*Our Minneapolis location has MOVED. Services have started at 4027 County Road 25, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Click here for more details.

West St. Paul

West St. Paul's DBT program meets:

  • Monday (co-ed)
  • Wednesday (women only)
  • Thursday (co-ed)
  • 9:30am - 11:30am
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
*All group times are subject to availability. Call for current group schedules and openings.

West Metro

West Metro's DBT program meets:

  • Wednesday (co-ed)
  • Tuesday (co-ed)
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
*All group times are subject to availability. Call for current group schedules and openings.

Meet the clinicians of our DBT program:

Allison Asher

MSW, LICSW

Brin Bailey

MSW, LGSW

Julie Blatz

MSW, LICSW

Maggie Bremer

MA

Ariel Brinson

MSW, LICSW

Fjaere Harder-Nussbaum

MSW, LGSW

Jerrion Richardson

MSSW, LICSW

Kristen Schmidt-Shay

MSW, LICSW

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