Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (also known as DBT) is designed to assist people who have significant difficulty regulating their emotions. DBT involves a combination of individual therapy, group skills training and additional recovery support services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (also known as SAMHSA) recognizes DBT an evidence-based practice for adults with serious mental illness.

DBT services are delivered by a team which consists of individual therapist, DBT skills class trainers, psychiatrist, and a peer support specialist. Services include weekly individual therapy for 1 hour and weekly DBT skills classes for 2 hours and 30 minutes, peer support services, and phone coaching as needed. Phone coaching services are available to DBT participants who are experiencing a personal crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The Guidance Center’s DBT program can help you:

  • Improve your self-awareness
  • Identify and understand your emotions and emotional responses
  • Create and maintain positive relationships
  • Increase your self-respect
  • Improve your ability to solve problems
  • Learn how to tolerate stress and manage crisis situations


If you think that you or a loved one can benefit from DBT services, please ask any member of your treatment team at The Guidance Center to refer you to the DBT program.