Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Formal outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) consists of a weekly skills group to learn the skills, and a weekly individual session with a therapist trained in DBT, to apply the skills to the client’s individual circumstances.
The weekly skills groups last one hour and fifteen minutes. The groups work through each DBT skill module (Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation), which takes six months to be introduced to all the skills. We ask that people commit to participating for at least 6 months but recommend going through the teaching sequence at least twice.
Each group begins with a mindfulness exercise which is followed by a brief check-in, homework review, skills teaching, and ends with a homework assignment. Assigned homework is designed to reinforce the skills taught in group that day.