Marsha Linehan - Founder of DBT
DBT Coordinator: Morgan Light, LPC
We offer a comprehensive and evidence-based DBT program that is designed to help individuals struggling with emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal relationships, and self-destructive behaviors. Our DBT program follows the principles and protocols outlined in Marsha Linehan's treatment manual, ensuring a structured and effective therapeutic approach.
To ensure the highest standard of care, our Adherent DBT Program is registered with the State of Missouri regulatory authorities. This registration reflects our commitment to adhering to the evidence-based practices endorsed by the state's mental health governing bodies.
Each person in the DBT program receives one on one sessions with a DBT therapist. Individual therapy sessions provide a safe space to explore emotions, set goals, and work on specific challenges. Therapist's use a dialectical approach to validate experiences while encouraging behavior change strategies.
Skills training groups are a fundamental component of adherent DBT programs. These groups meet weekly, virtually or in-person. Group curriculum covers three (3) modules: Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. On a foundation of mindfulness practical skills and techniques are taught to manage challenges in these areas.
Individuals are encouraged to reach out to their therapist between sessions when faced with intense challenges or need support. This phone coaching helps them apply the skills they have learned in real-life situations and reinforces their progress.
DBT therapists themselves require support and consultation to ensure they adhere to the model and maintain their effectiveness. Therapist consultation team meets every week to receive guidance and feedback from their peers and a DBT expert.
Parental & family support is a vital aspect in the success of a DBT program, as it provides an essential foundation for continued growth. By actively participating in the treatment process, offering support, encouragement, and practicing the learned skills together, parents & family significantly contribute to the growth and wellbeing of the person involved.
An adherent DBT program emphasizes the importance of adhering strictly to the DBT model and principles. Therapists participating in the program undergo specialized training to become proficient in delivering DBT effectively. Adherence to the model ensures that individuals receive the most comprehensive and evidence-based treatment possible.
Developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder; however, has been proven effective in treating various other issues such as depression, anxiety, substance use, disordered eating, and more.
Typically a time-limited treatment, DBT duration can vary by individual. A successful completion of the DBT program will require the individual to maintain adherence to the program model and engage in all 3 modules (8 weeks each) for a total of 24 weeks.
Yes. With a release on file, we will collaborate with your outside therapist in order to maintain adherence to the program and to ensure the overall best experience for you.
Most insurance policies will provide coverage for the individual therapy sessions that are part of the program. However, due to the skills training groups being considered "psycho-education" they are usually not a covered service. It is always recommended to contact your insurance to verify mental health benefits.