Providence Psychiatric Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) offers an effective, evidence-based approach to helping people better manage their behavior and emotions.
Blending Eastern and Western methods, DBT teaches important life skills: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. In individual and group sessions, patients learn to integrate these skills and apply them in their daily lives.
Who can benefit from DBT?
Anyone struggling with behaviors or emotions that seem out of control may benefit from DBT. Research has shown DBT to be effective for chronic suicidality, self-harm behaviors, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse and eating disorders.
What services are available?
Each patient meets with a therapist on a regular basis, usually once a week. Patients also attend a weekly skills training group. Telephone consultation services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help clients apply skills learned in group and individual sessions.

What is the first step?
The DBT intake process begins with a phone evaluation scheduled directly by an individual seeking treatment or by a referring physician or therapist. During this first phone call, Providence Behavioral Health clinicians assess current concerns, symptoms and circumstances. After assessing the situation, the clinicians schedule the DBT intake or suggest other treatment options.

The clinicians check the client’s insurance plans to see if DBT coverage and benefits are available. Financial assistance may be available.

Following a thorough in-person assessment, staff members recommend services and develop care plans, as needed.