What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that teaches new skills in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Walking the Middle Path.


DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD to originally treat people with intense emotional swings, chaotic interpersonal relationships, impulsiveness, and suicidal / self-harm behaviors. It is based on the biosocial theory that problems develop from an interaction between biological factors and environmental factors and on the idea that opposites can coexist and be synthesized. The ultimate goal is to live a life worth living. The DBT therapist balances empathy and warm acceptance with a focus on teaching you ways to change behaviors that are not effective. DBT is now also being used successfully for those with anxiety, PTSD, depression, eating disorders, and managing stress.


A comprehensive DBT program consists of weekly individual sessions with between-session phone coaching and a weekly skills training class. (Sometimes referred to as a DBT group.) Other stages of treatment may include targeted treatment for PTSD symptoms, advanced Mindfulness instruction, or focus on anger management strategies. DBT clinicians attend a weekly DBT consultation team meeting to coordinate your care. 


​DBT is backed by significant research that shows it is an effective therapy with techniques that work. Those in DBT typically have decreased use of emergency room and crisis services, and less than half the rate of suicide attempts as those not in DBT.


Currently, our Woodstock office has DBT classes for adults on Mondays at 2:00 PM and Thursdays at 6:30 PM and for teens on Mondays at 5:00 PM. Our Poplar Grove area office has both adult and teen classes on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM.


If you are interested in participating in our DBT program, call us and we will schedule an intake appointment to discuss the most effective treatment options for you.


GoodTherapy.org®Kelly Vinehout, PsyD RN

Woodstock, IL