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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

MHS offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as an evidence-based treatment that helps individuals learn and implement the necessary skills to improve long-term symptom reduction, maintain safety, and improve the overall quality of life. Our team of professionals also provides Adherent DBT programming that closely follows the curriculum developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. The adherent DBT program at MHS is nationally accredited with and certified by the Minnesota Mental Health Division—Department of Human Services (DHS).  This program is offered at our Woodbury, Edina, and Plymouth locations.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy often referred to as DBT, is a comprehensive therapy that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat an individual with a wide range of difficulties. First created by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1980s to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT is now a viable option for individuals struggling with a variety of mental and chemical health concerns.

How Does Dialectical Behavior Therapy Work?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy combines concepts of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to help individuals experience real and lasting changes.  Ultimately, the goal of DBT is to increase a person’s ability to successfully manage and regulate difficult and intense emotions.  Through a blend of therapy and skills training, DBT enables a client to tolerate emotional distress and implement concrete strategies that allow for a productive, appropriate response. When helping individuals identify their personal goals, MHS supports each client by balancing acceptance and validation with change talk.  This allows clients to develop the motivation to learn and practice new skills. Dialectical Behavior Therapy at MHS is available for early adolescents, adolescents, and adults.  Specialized DBT programs for individuals with dual disorders and learning difficulties are also offered.

Who Can Benefit from Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

At MHS, our DBT programming can help individuals experiencing symptoms related to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder
  • Chronic suicidal thinking and/or a history of attempted suicide
  • Self-harm urges and/or self-injurious behaviors
  • Frequent needs for crisis services and/or mental health hospitalizations
  • Difficulty functioning at home, school, work, or socially
  • Challenges within relationships with family, friends, and/or treatment team members
  • Difficulty regulated emotions and tolerating distress

The MHS Approach

MHS is an intensive outpatient clinic specializing in DBT for adults and adolescents that provides therapy to support each client’s individualized needs.  As a result, we take great care to customize every client’s therapeutic experience, working closely with our clients and their existing treatment team members.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Minnesota

If you feel that Dialectical Behavior Therapy can help you or a loved one in achieving a healthier, happier life, MHS is here to help.  Our team is comprised of knowledgeable professionals equipped to provide effective treatment to suit individualized needs, and we are more than happy to provide more information and answer any questions you may have. Learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy and how it can help you or someone you care for by contacting MHS or by requesting an appointment today. You can also reach out by calling (953) 835-2002.


Our Programs

Adult DBT

Our Adult DBT Programs provide comprehensive therapy and skills that help individuals decrease symptoms and maintain safety.

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Adolescent DBT

Our Adolescent DBT Program provides comprehensive therapy and skills that help teenagers ages 14 to 18.

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Early Adolescent DBT

Our Early Adolescent DBT Program provides comprehensive therapy and skills that help teenagers ages 12 to 14.

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Horizons DBT

Our Horizons program offers modified DBT skills for developmentally-disabled/mentally-ill (DD/MI) clients and for clients in the borderline range of intelligence.

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Integrated Dual Disorder DBT

Our IDD program offers MI/CD treatment that teaches skills that help individuals improve mental health, decrease substance use, and to build more satisfying relationships and lives.

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Individual Therapy

Our individual therapy is designed to promote mindfulness, healthy relationships and improve the overall well-being of our clients.

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