Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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What is DBT?

DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan as a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. In the past 30 years, researchers have found it to also be a very effective treatment for multiple other conditions, including depression, PTSD, impulsivity, eating disorders, and some forms of anxiety.

How is the DBT program structured?

Our DBT program is certified by MN Department of Human Services and serves clients age 18 and above. Clients in our DBT program receive three modes of treatment – individual therapy, phone coaching, and skills group. Our clients meet with their individual therapist for one hour a week and attend a two-hour weekly skills group for at least 26 weeks. Unlike traditional group psychotherapy which focuses on processing experiences and feelings, DBT groups focus on learning four sets of important skills:

  • Mindfulness: Becoming more aware of self and others and attentive to the present moment.
  • Distress tolerance: Feeling intense emotions like anger without reacting impulsively or using self-injury or substance abuse to dampen distress.
  • Emotional regulation: Recognizing, labeling, and adjusting emotions.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: Navigating conflict and interacting assertively.

What are the top targets and goals of treatment in DBT?

The most important of the overall goals in DBT is helping clients create a “life worth living.” What makes a life worth living varies from client to client. For some, a life worth living is finding a partner and having kids. For others, it’s finishing school and pursuing a career. Others might focus on creative expression or being able to find enjoyment in daily activities.


Our Minneapolis DBT program meets at the following days and times:

  • Monday (co-ed)
  • Tuesday (co-ed)
  • Tuesday (women only)
  • Tuesday (co-ed)
  • Wednesday (co-ed)
  • Thursday (women only)
  • Thursday (co-ed)
  • 9:30am - 11:30am
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 9:30am - 11:30am
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm

West St. Paul

West St. Paul's DBT program meets:

  • Wednesday (women only)
  • Monday (co-ed)
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • 9:30am - 11:30am

West Metro

West Metro's DBT program meets:

  • Wednesday (co-ed)
  • (Starting October) Tuesday (co-ed)
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Meet the clinicians of our DBT program:

Tammy Tucker


Brin Bailey


Julie Blatz



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