Dialectical Behavior Therapy
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Zen practice. DBT treats people with issues that range in intensity from mild to severe and include such problems as anger and other emotion management issues, relationship issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidality. DBT is considered the gold standard for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder although has expanded to treat a range of issues.
Clinical research shows that DBT can improve one's ability to deal with crisis situations more effectively without resorting to self-destructive behaviors. 21 randomized controlled/comparative clinical trials in 14 independent sites have shown that DBT reduces problem behavior, increases emotional stability, reduces/eliminates self-harming, reduces/eliminates suicidal urges/actions (as well as psychiatric hospitalizations), improves functioning and communication in interpersonal relationships, reduces/eliminates alcohol and drug abuse, and reduces/eliminates binge eating and bulimia among other behavioral compulsions.
Alicia Lesniak and Danielle Mullon are both certified by Marsha Linehan's Board of Certification and are members of a DBT consultation team of experienced therapists that meet weekly to ensure clients receive the highest level of care here in Miami.
For more information on DBT visit:
DBT Center of Miami
In order to enter our DBT program, a client must be evaluated by a member of our DBT counseling center to assess if DBT is needed and assess the client’s readiness to participate actively in DBT treatment. Clients are then fully oriented to the program before being asked to commit to 6 months of weekly individual sessions as well as weekly DBT group sessions. This orientation period is a crucial part of the process since it helps clients prepare to get the most from our program. Sometimes clients are ready to enter group in a few sessions while other times it requires many weeks or months.
Four Requirements of our Miami DBT program
6 month commitment to complete weekly DBT groups
Weekly individual DBT sessions
Phone coaching as needed
Weekly consultation team for DBT therapists
4 Modules Taught in DBT Group
Distress tolerance skills
Emotion regulation skills
Interpersonal effectiveness skills
Dr. Marsha Linehan - Creator of DBT