DBT Program

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DBT at the Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a unique, specialized form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that was originally developed to treat adults who were chronically suicidal, self-injuring, and exhibiting symptoms of borderline personality disorder.

DBT is now also being utilized for treatment of adolescents who engage in impulsive, self-injuring, or suicidal behavior.

Our clients often experience:

  • Problems with anger
  • Chaotic relationships
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Intense fears of abandonment
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Inadequate sense of self
  • Recurrent suicidal or self-injurious behavior
  • Family problems or conflicts

As a comprehensive treatment, DBT has the following goals:

  • Decreasing life-threatening (e.g., suicidal attempts, suicidal threats, suicidal thoughts) and self-injurious behaviors
  • Decreasing therapy-interfering behaviors (e.g., missing or coming late to sessions, remaining silent in sessions)
  • Decreasing quality-of-life interfering behaviors (e.g., fighting with people, substance abuse, trouble in school)
  • Increasing coping skills (e.g., learning to deal with conflict, learning to cope with painful emotions, improving positive self-care)

About the DBT Program at the Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

At CCDBT, standard outpatient DBT involves:

Skills Group Training

DBT Skills Group Training focuses on helping patients develop the coping skills they need to solve their own problems and achieve their desired goals. In our DBT Adolescent and Family program, parents attend all DBT Skills groups with their teens to help parents communicate more effectively with their teens, to learn how to coach their teens in using skills when problems arise, and to develop their own coping skills.

Five skills training modules are taught in DBT:

  • Core mindfulness skills
  • Distress tolerance skills
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • Middle Path – Skills for Families

Individual/ Family Psychotherapy

Participants in CCDBT’s DBT Programs are required to be in individual therapy while they are in skills group.

DBT Trained therapists will provide individual DBT psychotherapy. Individual therapists will help motivate clients to stay in treatment and will help clients apply DBT skills to their personal lives.


To participate in CCDBT’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy Programs, participants are asked to commit to:

  • Weekly individual therapy sessions
  • Weekly 90-minute DBT Skills Groups (in Family Program this group is for adolescent and parent/caregiver)
  • Medication management services as needed
  • Participants are asked to commit to a six month treatment contract with an understanding that failure to attend sessions can be the basis for being discharged from the program


If you would like to participate in one of CCDBT’s DBT Programs, please call our Client Services Coordinators at 516.390.3525 extension 1