In order to solve a problem, one has to accept that the problem exists. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment program that combines acceptance with change to solve problems in life and to build a life worth living. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT integrates cognitive behavioral techniques to examine and challenge intense emotions, thoughts, and behaviors you want to change, with principles of acceptance to decrease suffering.
Building a life worth living often requires learning new ways of coping. DBT skills groups are run like a classroom where skills are introduced to help tolerate distress, regulate emotions, communicate with others more effectively, and engage more mindfully in the world around you.
DBT is an evidence-based treatment originally developed for suicidal individuals. It has also been shown to be effective in treating eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. The research has shown that DBT skills group is an “active ingredient” of the treatment to help change people’s lives. A recent study found that treatments that included a DBT group skills component significantly improved rates of depression, anxiety, and self-harm behaviors, compared to treatments without a DBT group skills component (Linehan et al., 2015; JAMA). These skills groups are surprisingly fun and engaging, and offer new learning to build a life worth living.
BETA is currently offering a DBT Skills Group led by Adam Carmel, Ph.D. Please contact BETA to complete a screening.