Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment.  This treatment focuses on problem solving and acceptance-based strategies within a framework of dialectical methods. DBT works within four modalities of skill development – distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.


DBT is applicable and effective for people living with a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, addictions, bi-polar and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Practicing mindfulness alone helps people enhance the quality of their lives. It helps to improve well-being, attention to the present moment, and increase positive emotional experiences while decreasing negative emotions and distress.


DBT groups for women, men, and adolescents are ongoing.  Check our schedule for dates and times.

This group can be a fresh start for many who have that “stuck” feeling, bringing new life as they explore a different approach to old problems.  By participating in a DBT group, the client can practice skills, have accountability and be given the chance to celebrate his/her success with others who can relate to seemingly simple, yet amazing accomplishments.

The Dialectical therapy model was created to use in both group and individual therapy.  Marsha Linehan theorizes that by using the group setting, you not only maximize learning and cost effectiveness, but all allow the opportunity for interpersonal skills training.  Group members can practice in group, a safer setting, the skills they will need in the outside world. They can also report back to the group success with their skills or areas that need further work.

For maximum benefit, it is important that the individual who attends any DBT group have a therapist who is familiar and comfortable working with the components of DBT.  An individual therapist who is willing to work as a team member is crucial.

Certain criteria must be met before an individual can participate in the DBT group.  For more information on the DBT group, please contact us at 308-382-5297, ext. 110 or email us at

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