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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

How Long Does DBT Last?

The DBT program at The Monarch Center has programs for teens and adults. One full course of group skills training lasts approximately 4 months for teens and 6 months for adults. Groups are held weekly and participants attend both individaul therapy and group session. 

What are DBT Skills?

Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment

Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it

Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others

Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change

Getting Started

The first step to getting started with DBT is to have an initial evaluation with a therapist to determine if DBT is the best treatment for you. Each therapist at The Monarch Center specializes in DBT.  If you know the therapist you would like to see please contact them directly to get scheduled. If you are unsure of the therapist you would like to  see then please call our main line at (316)272-0077, or email at information@monarchks.com , and we can help  find the best fit for you.

What are the Components of DBT?

DBT skills training group is focused on enhancing clients’ capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills.

DBT individual therapy is focused on enhancing client motivation and helping clients to apply the skills to specific challenges and events in their lives. 

DBT phone coaching is focused on providing clients with in-the-moment coaching on how to use skills to effectively cope with difficult situations that arise in their everyday lives. 

DBT therapist Consultation Team is intended to be therapy for the therapists and to support DBT providers in their work with people who often have severe, complex, difficult-to-treat disorders.