Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Chicago

DBT is a type of therapy that teaches you how to work with strong and overwhelming emotions. The three components of DBT: individual DBT therapy, 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 the DBT skills in 3 eight week modules: emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.


Who does DBT help?

DBT can help anyone struggling with strong emotions such as people with personality disorders, suicidality, substance dependence, mood and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.


What does dialectical mean?

The term “dialectical” means an  integration of opposites.  The skills in DBT work with the dialectic 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).


DBT at Lakeview Center

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

To set up an intake for individual DBT, or if you have questions, please fill out the form below.

Our DBT skills group will begin in in the spring. Please contact us if you would like to begin individual DBT while you wait to begin skills training.

DBT Videos

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