Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an intensive cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living.

DBT skills include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion regulation
  • Distress tolerance
  • Interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Walking the Middle Path

DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population.

In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

What are the components of DBT?

The goal of DBT is to help clients build a life that they experience as worth living. In DBT, the client and the therapist work together to set goals that are meaningful to the client. Often this means they work on ways to decrease harmful behaviors and replace them with effective, life-enhancing behaviors.

How is DBT different than “traditional therapy”?

DBT has various components that work together that make up a standard DBT program. This is different than many other psychotherapies that consist of just one mode or aspect of treatment (e.g., individual therapy).

These components include:

  • Weekly Therapy
  • Weekly skills training group (2 hours)
  • Access to coaching calls

Compass Behavioral Health currently offers adherent DBT treatment. Patients who begin DBT agree to a course of treatment for a minimum of six months but treatment may be extended depending on the situation.

This treatment may be applied to adolescents or adults. For adolescent clients, parents are strongly encouraged to also participate in group sessions to learn the skills. DBT skills can benefit everyone!

For more information, please contact:

  • Megan Garcia (620) 276-7689 (Garden City Office)
  • Vicki Broz      (620) 227-8566 (Dodge City Office)

Garden City Office DBT Team:

  • Melissa Parker, LMLP                                     Rebecca Huber, LMSW
  • Megan Garcia, LSCSW, LMAC                   Jera McGraw, LCPC
  • Group Facilitators: Jennifer Seeman, Steven Jones, Beau Hopkins

Dodge City Office DBT Team:

  • Leslie Goertzen, LSCSW, LMAC                    Vicki Broz, LMSW, LAC
  • Nancy Seeman, LSCSW                                     Chris Anderson
  • Vanessa Medrano                                                  Liz Strader

Scott City Office:

  • Joe Lubashevsky, LSCSW, LCAC