DBT Frequently Asked Questions

Comprehensive DBT is a psychotherapy treatment aimed at helping people build a life that is worth living and get you better! Good candidates include people who fall into multiple
categories below:

  • intense emotions,
  • emotions lead to other problems for them,
  • suicide and self-harm thoughts and behaviors,
  • frequent psychiatric hospitalizations,
  • psychiatric diagnoses (e.g., borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, substance use disorders, and more)
  1. Individual DBT therapy, 1 session a week
  2. DBT skills group, 1 time a week for 2 hours
  3. Homework is assigned in group and individual therapy all the time
The length of treatment is flexible and depends on the person’s individual needs. Typically, people are with us for 1-2 years, although others might graduate earlier or take longer than this time frame. Things that affect this time are: severity of symptoms, if we’re also treating trauma, and the patient therapist fit.
  1. Skills coaching – access to the primary therapist between sessions for coaching to help integrate skills into real life and challenging situations that come up
  2. DBT consultation team – a weekly meeting for the treatment team to stay on track in providing the best treatment possible

Group is a place to learn and practice skills. People discuss what each skill means and how to use it.

We are often asked about the amount of personal sharing that occurs, as some people have been in groups of different types in the past. DBT skills group is not a place where you share in detail about your problems or hear others talk in depth about their problems.

Each round of group takes 6 months to learn all the skills. People typically complete a full round of group several times in order to ensure confidence with and thorough use of the skills.