Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

PSYCHē is  the only outpatient practice in Tennessee with a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

What is DBT?

The effectiveness of DBT has been supported by research for treating a variety of issues. Originally developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. in the 1980's to treat severe suicidality and self-injury, DBT has since been validated for treating other issues such as depression, impulsivity, anger, and more. Though it is notorious for treating Borderline Personality Disorder in women, it is so much more. DBT focuses on balancing acceptance and change, teaching real-world skills, and providing support between sessions in order to meet treatment goals. DBT draws upon the extensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) research, and was originally introduced as a specialized form of CBT. 

Are there different kinds of DBT? 

DBT has been adapted for many different populations and PSYCHē offers several including: 

  • Adolescents (DBT-A)

  • Substance use disorders (DBT-SUD)

  • Overcontrol: Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT)

  • Family (DBT-FST)

  • Trauma: DBT with Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE)

  • ...and more

What can I expect from DBT?

There are at least 4 components to full DBT, and at the core, there is a team approach. If you are receiving FULL comprehensive DBT, all of the following are included: Individual Therapy, Group Skills Training, Telephone Coaching (from your primary therapist) and most importantly, your therapist's participation in a Peer Consultation Team.  We founded and are members of Vanderbilt University's DBT peer consultation group. 

PSYCHē is proud to offer all four components of DBT as well as the additional component of case management strategies (Environmental Interventions™, or EV's™).

In DBT for adolescents, Parent Coaching is an additional required component that leads to progress at a rapid and sustainable rate.