Standard DBT Program

Standard DBT was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal women and is a well-established model for treating Borderline Personality Disorder. Further research has shown it to be an effective treatment for many other disorders including depression, and certain anxiety disorders (Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). Generally, standard DBT is helpful for treating disorders which include the experience of emotions being out of control.

After assessment, the therapists on the Consultation Team work together to decide whether a client could benefit from the standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program or an adaptation of DBT.  All the DBT programs include the following four components:

  • individual therapy for the identified client
  • skills training classes for the client (and parents of adolescent clients)
  • skills coaching calls as needed between sessions
  • support for the therapist & client from the Consultation Team (consisting of Greenville DBT Collective therapists), which meets weekly