Turning Point Counseling & Consulting
|Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
|Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a researched based mental health treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and
her colleagues at the University of WA which combines the principles and practices of Behaviorism, Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, Mindfulness, Biosocial Theory and Dialectics. DBT was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder
(BPD), which is characterized by symptoms of emotional dysregulation (extreme sensitivity), “black and white” thinking, chronic
feelings of emptiness, thoughts or attempts of suicide or self-harm, inappropriate outbursts of anger, impulsivity, and a chronic
instability of mood, behavior, sense of identity and relationships.
Over the past several years, the DBT model of therapy has been adapted to treat a broader range of mental health disorders,
including: mood disorders (depression and bipolar), anxiety disorders (post-traumatic stress, generalized anxiety disorder,
panic disorder and social anxiety disorder), eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, self-harm in teens and couples and
The DBT model of therapy focuses on the development of new skills to target emotional instability and dysregulation. DBT
therapists are available by email or phone to assist the client with the development of these new skills. Below is a summary of
the Turning Point DBT program:
1. Weekly Individual therapy by appointment. Insurance is accepted if we are a provider.
2. Weekly Group Therapy on Monday nights from 7pm to 8 pm. Adults cost is $25. No insurance claims are filed.
Adolescent programming is Thursday night 6:30pm to 8:30pm and includes parent and teen groups. Call to discuss pricing for
the Adolescent Program. Clients learn:
a. Mindfulness: the art of focusing on one thing at a time and how to be fully present in the moment
b. Emotional Regulation: the client learns how to experience and express emotions in a safe and meaningful
way. Reducing emotional vulnerability is a primary goal.
c. Distress Tolerance: the client learns how to tolerate and manage distressing emotions and situations by practicing
new skills and behaviors.
d. Interpersonal Effectiveness: the client learns how to build and maintain healthy relationships and balance priorities
3. Weekly Skills Coaching by email, text or phone. The goal is to provide skills coaching and support for the client from
4. Daily Diary Card maintenance: the client keeps a Therapy Diary Card and logs daily use of skills, emotions, urges and
DBT therapist regularly consult with a DBT consult team to ensure the effectiveness of DBT therapy.
Behavioral Tech, LLC (founded by Dr. Linehan): http://www.behavioraltech.com
DBT Selfhelp.com: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com
DBT Center of Michigan: http://dbtcentermi.org.