Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Chicago

DBT is a type of therapy that teaches how to work with strong emotions. The three components of DBT: individual psychotherapy, group skills training, and between session coaching, help people learn and use new skills to manage feelings and to create a life worth living. We teach DBT skills in 3 eight week modules: emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.


Who does DBT help?

DBT helps people with Personality Disorder, suicidality, as well as people with substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

The term “dialectical” means an  integration of opposites.  The skills in DBT are using the dlalectic between acceptance and change. There are two sets of acceptance-oriented skills (mindfulness and distress tolerance) and two sets of change-oriented skills (emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness).


How we can help

At Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy we offer DBT skills training groups and individual DBT, including between session coaching. Skills training teaches you to manage emotions, have better  relationships, and get through periods of distress. Individual DBT therapy helps you stay motivated, understand what triggers difficult impulses, and use skills to improve your life.

For more information about DBT, please contact Deirdre Levine. DBT skills group times and contacts are listed on our Group Therapy page.  Please also check out our video series: