What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment originally designed for people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Its effectiveness in modulating extreme emotions and reducing negative behaviors makes in an attractive treatment for a variety of populations, including adolescents with high risk behaviors, people with eating disorders, people with substance use problems and those with brain injuries.

DBT delivers treatment through multiple modalities which include individual therapy, skills training, coaching in crisis, structuring the environment, and consultation teams for providers.


For practitioners new to DBT and experienced practitioners who’ve been implementing DBT for awhile. Consultation is designed to increase proficiency in DBT and maintain adherence to the model. Individual and small group consultation services are available on a one-time only, on-going, or as needed  basis.   Consultation helps with team development, building on therapist knowledge and skill, continued program development and evaluation, case consultation and DBT adherence.  Consultation packages can be structured to include a combination of one-on-one, group, phone and/or email. Fees on request.

Contact christymatta@dbtmind.com or call to schedule a free 1/2 hour consultation to assess your training and consultation needs.

DBT Trainings:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Introduction and Overview:  For clinicians interested in learning more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy. A one day training includes an overview of the theory, stages of treatment and targets, modes of treatment, and each of the four skills modules Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training:  For practitioners interested in starting DBT Skills Groups. This training series is designed as an introduction to DBT and DBT skills.  A brief introduction to DBT theory is followed by an in-depth overview of each of the 4 skills modules:  Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Adaptations to DBT: For the practitioner who has some knowledge of DBT and wishes to apply it to their specific population. Residential Application of DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents or DBT for Parents, as well as others.  These workshops provide an overview of DBT with an review of adaptations that have been made to the treatment for different populations and settings.


Also available:

Personalized DBT Programs for groups or corporations

I have conducted trainings and presentations for the following organizations:

  • “Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Introduction and Overview.” Two-Day Training, Child Guidance Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Poster Presentation:  “Grove Street Adolescent Residence, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program.” 9th Annual ISITDBT Conference, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • “The Application of Dialectical Behavior Therapies (DBT) for Individuals with a Dual Diagnosis.” International NADD Congress V.  Boston, Massachusetts.
  • “The Use of DBT in a Community Residential Program for Adolescents.”  8th Annual ISITDBT Conference.  Boston Marriot Copley Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • “DBT: Introduction, Overview, and Validation Strategies,” Seven Hills Foundation, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • “Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):  An Introduction and Overview,” The George B. Wells Human Services Center, Southbridge, Massachusetts.
  • “Dialectical Behavior Therapy:  Introduction and Overview,” Brockton Area Multi Service Inc., Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • “Dialectical Behavior Therapy:  Overview and Skills Training”  Brockton Area Multi Services Inc., Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • “Dialectical Behavior Therapy:  Implications for School Systems,” Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • “An Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Individuals Served by DMR”, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
  • “Residential Application of DBT”, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Possibilities for Public Sector Clients and Providers, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

4 Comments to DBT

  1. Donna Donovan
    February 7, 2012 11:41 am

    I am looking for a DBT -Family Skills Training Course. Do you provide this training or can you recommend a resource?
    Thank you for your help

  2. Dr. Lila Abello, Psy.D.
    February 19, 2012 2:23 pm

    I am looking for DBT training near Florida, if possible. i don’t know where you are located. Please let me know what you offer or if you can recommend anyone else. Thanks! Lila

  3. Victoria Hunt
    July 9, 2012 10:59 am

    Please unsubscribe me from your website. I could not find the option to do it. Thank you kindly, Victoria

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