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DBT Has Three Essential Components



(1) You engage in weekly group lessons structured around key life skills: 


  • Interacting with people in ways that are both peaceful and effective

  • Accepting discomfort without having it drive you out control

  • Creating increasingly positive life experiences over time, and

  • Learning to engage in experiences without being overwhelmed by emotions.


(2) You have weekly one-on-one sessions with your therapist that are designed to deepen your mastery of these new life skills.


(3) You call your therapist whenever you feel stuck in your day-to-day life. 


  • In DBT, you don't need to be in crisis to call your therapist.

  • In fact, you call regularly to help practice your skills in ordinary situations. 

  • These phone calls allow you to get useful coaching at the exact moment you want it.

  • This helps you prevent the experience of crisis and desperation. 



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