DBT is an evidence-based treatment for many mental health conditions that focuses on building skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and healthy relationships.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the 1980’s by psychologist Marsha Linehan and is used today to effectively treat many different types of behavioral conditions including depression, PTSD, impulsivity, eating disorders, addiction, and other difficulties around emotion regulation. ACP has a variety of DBT groups including traditional co-ed groups, women-only groups, substance use disorder (SUD) DBT groups as well as Adolescent DBT groups.
ACP is certified by the state of Minnesota to provide DBT services. We are also in the process of undergoing additional national certification. ACP uses a model of DBT that follows evidenced-based research on how to best manage hard-to-treat symptoms. Our clinicians follow strict protocols and are trained on how to best care for our clients. Participants of our DBT program have access to phone coaching, weekly individual therapy and weekly skills training groups.
ACP DBT therapists also attend weekly therapist consultation meetings to assure we are doing the best work possible. Our clients can feel confident that they are receiving the best care possible as they work toward change and healing.
Unlike traditional group psychotherapy that focus on processing experiences and feelings, DBT groups focus on learning four important skill sets:
- Mindfulness: Becoming aware of self and others and more attentive to the present moment.
- Distress Tolerance: Feeling intense emotions like anger without reacting impulsively or using self-injury or substances to dampen distress.
- Emotional Regulation: Recognizing and labeling emotions and building resilience.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Navigating conflict and interacting assertively.
DBT Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
ACP now offers a DBT program designed to address the often co-occurring aspects of chemical dependency and mental health. This program combines the traditional DBT certified model with skills to specifically support you if you’re struggling 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 to help you:
- Recognize certain urges that may trigger you to use
- Learn skills for acute urges and strong emotions
- Develop a life worth living
- Improve your ability to communicate
To learn if you’re a good fit for the DBT SUD program, the following criteria must be met:
- Commit to weekly group sessions (2 hours) and individual therapy (1 hour) consistently.
- Currently abstaining or willing to work on abstaining from drug and/or alcohol use.
- The ability to learn new materials or retain information with repetition or reminders.
- A willingness to complete homework and practice skills outside of individual and group sessions.
Now Accepting Referrals
DBT SUD is available at our Minneapolis location.
DBT for Adolescents
Adolescent DBT is geared towards teens ages 14-18, who are struggling with regulating difficult emotions, impulsive behaviors, conflict in relationships, and adolescent-family dilemmas.
Adolescent groups focus on teaching tools to help teens cope with changes in relationships and increase self-regulation strategies. DBT has been shown to be effective in reducing impulsive behaviors in teenagers while also giving them the tools to navigate relationships and emotional challenges.
Clients in our adolescent DBT program participate in multiple modes of treatment, including:
- Individual Therapy
- Multi- Family Skills Group (parent and teen attend)
- Phone Coaching
- Family Therapy, as needed
Our clients meet with their individual therapist for one hour per week and adolescent and parent/guardian attend a two hour weekly skills group to learn five sets of important skills (i.e. mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path).
Finding Adolescent DBT Programs Near You
The Adolescent DBT Program is available at our West Saint Paul Clinic. The weekly multi-family adolescent skill group (adolescent with parent/guardian) meets Mondays from 5:00-7:00 pm. Contact our clinic to learn more.
Adolescents will be scheduled weekly with a DBT therapist for individual sessions and family sessions are scheduled with the adolescent's therapist, as needed. Parent individual skills sessions are also scheduled, as needed.
What are the Goals of DBT?
Many people who complete DBT report an improvement in self-esteem, relationship effectiveness and emotional stability along with a decrease in depression, anxiety, anger and shame.
Our Minneapolis DBT program meets at the following days and times:
- Monday (co-ed) 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Tuesday (co-ed) 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Tuesday (co-ed) 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Wednesday (co-ed) 9:30am - 11:30am
- Wednesday (co-ed) 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Thursday (women only) 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Thursday (co-ed) 2:30pm - 4:30pm
*All group times are subject to availability. Call (612)925-6033 for current group schedules and openings.
Our Minneapolis Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program meets at the following days and times:
- Monday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Wednesday 5:30pm - 7:30pm