Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT, 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 program adheres to the Linehan model of DBT, is certified by MN DHS, and serves clients age 18 and above. 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 goal 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.
ACP now offers a DBT program designed to address the often co-occurring aspects of chemical dependency and mental health in our Minneapolis location. This program combines the traditional DBT certified model with skills to specifically support those who struggle with alcohol and/or drug use, utilizing a harm reduction in the case of relapse and with the ultimate goal of abstinence. This evidence-based approach uniquely uses aspects of mindfulness by working on becoming aware of urges to use, learning skills for acute urges and strong emotions, developing a life worth living, and improving the ability to communicate.
Participants who are a good fit for the program should meet these criteria:
Our Minneapolis DBT program meets at the following days and times:
Our Minneapolis Substance Use Disorder program meets at the following days and times:
West St. Paul's DBT program meets at the following days and times:
ACP Apple Valley will begin offering DBT Services beginning in September. We will start scheduling intake appointments in August.
ACP Minneapolis's DBT Team
ACP West Saint Paul's DBT Team