We offer a comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy program, developed and researched by Marsha Linehan, PhD. DBT is an effective treatment to reduce self-destructive and impulsive behavior including aggression, relationship difficulty, addiction, eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidality. You can learn more about DBT here.

Comprehensive DBT includes the following components:

  • Individual 50 min weekly therapy

  • Skills group

  • Phone coaching

  • Participation in a consultation team by all individual therapists and skills leaders

A DBT skills group uses a psycho-educational class format where the emphasis is on learning and practicing behavioral skills. These skills include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. Please note this is different from a therapy group where people come to vent or get support for problems.  Skills are taught in a series of three modules, each lasting two months. The first two weeks of each module cover and review mindfulness. The following six to eight weeks rotate through each of the remaining modules. All the modules will be covered in approximately 6 to 8 months.

Current skills groups:

  • Wednesday 5:30-7 pm

  • Thursday 5:30-7 pm

Phone coaching provides individuals with phone access to their individual therapist between sessions. The purpose of this is to offer in the moment skills coaching in order to help people generalize the skills they are learning outside the therapy office. Each individual therapist has their own limits regarding phone coaching and will discuss those with their clients at the appropriate time.

Our team of therapists at Pacific DBT meets weekly to support and collaborate on treatment implementation. Participation in the consultation team is a requirement for all therapists.