Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a highly specialized form of CBT developed by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan designed to help address problems in regulating emotions, impulse control, assertiveness, and relationship conflicts. It balances the use of change techniques from cognitive-behavior therapy with acceptance strategies from Zen practice.
Our DBT program was designed by Dr. Napolitano specifically for high-functioning people who are maintaining full-time work or school schedules, or transitioning towards that structure. Dr. Napolitano understands that high-functioning people still have difficulties with emotional regulation and can benefit from DBT.
In our DBT program, clients can learn cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness skills to better identify and manage their emotions, including anxiety and depression. They then practice applying those skills to better tolerate life events and improve their ability to interact effectively with others.
DBT is a multi-component treatment consisting of the following elements:
1) Once weekly individual therapy
2) Once weekly skills training group
3) Phone coaching by the individual therapist on the use of skills
Although DBT was originally designed to treat chronically suicidal and self-injurious behavior, it has since been adapted to treat a variety of other problems including binge eating disorder and depression.
Our Comprehensive DBT Program
Individual DBT is an essential component of effective Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Individual therapists work collaboratively with clients to change problematic behaviors and cultivate self-acceptance. Phone coaching on the use of DBT skills is provided by the individual therapist.
To request a consultation for individual DBT, please complete this form or call (212) 546-9200.
DBT Skills Training Groups
DBT Skills Training groups are conducted on an ongoing basis and led by our highly-trained staff who have completed intensive training. Meeting once a week, participants learn the 4 essential skills training modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
More Intensive Treatment
For individuals requiring more intensive and structured treatment than our program provides, we recommend the following residential treatment programs outside of NYC:
Silver Hill Hospital | 208 Valley Road, New Canaan, CT 06840 | (866) 542-4455
Gunderson Residence | 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478 | (877) 451-6466
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