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 individual skills training 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. Our skills group is virtual and meets on Tuesdays from 4-5:45. You must have an individual therapist to participate in skills group, although they don’t have to be a DBT therapist or at Lakeview Center.

Individual DBT therapy helps you stay motivated, understand what triggers difficult impulses, and use skills to improve your life. Individual DBT includes between session text, email or phone coaching.

Our DBT Skills Group Leader

Deepika Anand, PhD

Deepika Anand is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in treating adults with a range of conditions including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, impulse control, personality disorders and sequelae of trauma. She has extensive training in a wide range of CBTs including Dialectical Behavior Therapy. After providing individual and group therapy in a psychiatric outpatient setting at Duke University Medical Center, Deepika moved to Chicago in 2021 to start her own private practice – CBT Center of Chicago (www.cbtofchicago.com). In addition to seeing individual clients through her practice, she leads the virtual DBT skills group on Fridays at the Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy.

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

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