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Status of Our Services – Updated May 1, 2020

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Helping you find a path to a life worth living

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that combines the basic strategies of behavior therapy with mindfulness practice. We can teach you to tolerate distress, regulate and manage intense emotions skillfully, and improve your relationships with others—all while building a life worth living.

Developed by Marsha Linehan, DBT focuses on the dialectic of accepting oneself while also acknowledging that change is necessary.

Is DBT For You?

While initially developed to help individuals with chronic suicidality and Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT has proven to be an effective treatment for individuals with a wide variety of behavioral health symptoms.

DBT is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, mood swings, anger management, addictive behaviors, relationship conflicts and trauma.

If you have tried other types of therapy, without seeing improvement, DBT might be helpful in providing the support you need for change.

Program Components

Weekly Individual Therapy

Weekly sessions with your DBT therapist will help you learn how to target your problem behaviors and develop individualized solutions through the use of DBT Skills.

Telephone Coaching

Telephone coaching is designed to promote skill use where it matters most – in the real world. Coaching can be especially helpful when you find yourself in difficult situations and need assistance with putting newly-learned skills to work at home or in your community.

Weekly Skills Training

DBT Skills Training Group is a weekly, two-hour, classroom-style group. The group combines teaching, discussion and practice exercises that are structured to develop and refine your skills. Skills Modules include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Consultation Team

DBT therapists meet on a weekly basis to provide support to one another. This ensures that you are receiving the best DBT-therapeutic experience that we can provide.

Getting Started

If you are not a current Family Service client, contact our Intake Department at 215-757-6916, ext. 159 and share that you are interested in DBT.

If you are already a Family Service client, talk with your individual therapist or contact Heather Miller, Director of Clinical Services, at 215-757-6916, ext. 104 or

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