Dialectical Behavior Therapy Resources

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a research-supported cognitive behavioral psychotherapy created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. DBT has been found to be effective in treating symptoms and behaviors related to emotion dysregulation. The treatment helps people develop more adaptive ways of coping, and places a strong emphasis on teaching people skills to help them with their problems. DBT is classified as a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which means that it focuses on changing emotions, thoughts, and actions that are currently interfering with someone's ability to have the life that they want, what DBT calls a 'Life Worth Living.' DBT also has a strong focus on mindfulness and acceptance strategies

Learn more about DBT: 

What is DBT? 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a Nutshell 
Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Help Suicidal Adolescents
Dialectical Behavior Therapy FAQs


Comprehensive DBT Programs at Sheppard Pratt Health System

At Sheppard Pratt Health System, we offer comprehensive DBT programming through the Berkeley and Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center and the Jefferson Residential Treatment Center.


DBT-Informed Programs at Sheppard Pratt Health System

In addition to our two comprehensive DBT programs, we offer several DBT-informed programs, including the Child & Adolescent Day HospitalThe Retreat, a specialized, private-pay residential psychiatric treatment program, The Trauma Disorders Program, the Young Adult Unit, and more.


DBT Testimonials

“The reason I choose to use my DBT skills is because I find it helpful in life. I believe I improved because if I was still at home, I would take my anger out on my family and punch holes in the wall. Now, I just use my DBT skills to have a better outcome.” – Paul E.

“In the past six months, I have completed one session of DBT skills class. The skill that has helped me the most would be interpersonal effectiveness, because when I first got here, I had no idea how to tell my parents how upset I was so I would just lash out. Now I can use these skills to tell them how I am feeling, why, and properly cope with the situation.” – Sarah S. 

"Mindfulness and Wise Mind, being in the moment, focusing on it right then and there, using interpersonal effectiveness to handle things appropriately." – Desiree N.

"Mindfulness - thinking of something calming and soothing even though you have other worries to think of.  It's a lot easier to think of one thing at a time." – Mia V.