Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

What is 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 distress tolerance. It balances the use of change techniques from cognitive-behavior therapy with acceptance strategies from Zen practice. Clients 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

Our Comprehensive DBT Program is appropriate for individuals with long-standing difficulties with affect and impulse control, eating disorders, anger management problems, and self-destructive behavior. CBT/DBT Associates offers a comprehensive DBT program consisting of individual DBT, DBT skills training group, and telephone coaching. Clients can receive all of their treatment services at CBT/DBT Associates or select specific components of the program to meet their individual needs. Our NYC program is geared towards relatively high functioning individuals. As such, clients must be working full time, attending school, or volunteering to participate.


Individual DBT

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. The groups are led by DBT therapists who have completed intensive training and meet once a week for 90 minutes. It takes approximately 18 to 20 weeks to complete the 4 skills training modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. However, mastery of the skills may require repetition of the cycle. For this reason, clients will have the opportunity to continue skills training at the conclusion of the 24-week cycle to repeat the four skills training modules. The Intensive DBT group covers all 4 of the DBT skills training modules in 8 weeks.

Read more about our skills training groups


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


CBT/DBT Associates
501 Madison Avenue, Suite 303
New York, NY 10022
(212) 546-9200

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