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DBT Services

DBT may be beneficial for individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Have a history of trauma, compromising their current functioning
  • Have significant struggles with anger management
  • Have had a history of multiple suicide attempts or an attempt in the past 6 months, self-injurious behavior in the past year
  • Have a history of multiple inpatient substance abuse treatments

The program is staffed by therapists who have received extensive training by Treatment Implementation Collaborative. Targeted DBT groups are offered each day, in addition to the co-occurring disorder treatment curriculum. These groups provide skills training aimed at improving daily emotional and behavioral functioning. Clients receive weekly individual therapy in addition to treatment. Modules include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

What our Counselors Say

Staff members who lead the DBT Group are proud of the work they do:

“Implementing DBT into our program here at the KeyStone Center has exceeded expectations in terms of patient feedback. The feedback that I receive from graduating patients has been that DBT is the “missing link” in their lives. It teaches the skills required to effectively manage and control their emotions, which in turn can eliminate the need to suppress or numb emotions with mind-altering substances. I have received feedback from many patients weeks after graduation stating they have been using what they learned in the DBT program and experiencing significant changes in the ways they deal with high stress situations and difficult relationships. DBT patients who have experienced severe trauma or who have recent suicide attempts have said they have been able to begin accepting their trauma and thinking of the experience as becoming less damaging and overwhelming. “ – John, DBT Counselor

“As a clinician who is new to the world of DBT, I have been inspired by the support offered by the program. The structure of DBT allows not only for individualized client care but time for therapists to assist one and other. This collaboration has been recognized by clients and by my peers. Though our group is in its early stages, patients have already begun giving me positive feedback about our groups. They appreciate the skills offered and have identified them as missing pieces in their recovery. As therapists who work with a population that is prone to relapse and endured significant trauma, DBT can offer the missing tools needed.” – Bre, DBT Counselor

What Our Patients Say

Read the following testimonials from patients who have received DBT treatment at KeyStone Center:

“DBT taught me a lot of things on having to identify the feelings that I didn’t understand what was happening, things I didn’t know were happening about anxiety and depression. It gave me a good outlook on family issues from childhood to adulthood. Also, the core mindfulness, to practice every day… I never knew how to cope with the feelings without drugs or alcohol. It taught me to don’t beat myself up, don’t pressure myself. Taught me a lot about myself that I didn’t even know. A lot. It gave me secureness about myself. Confidence. Let me know I can face fear and know that it’s just a thought. I identify with my mind racing, the pressures of when you’re closer to leaving, you’re on an emotional roller coaster and you just have to be mindful of the things you actually learned and take it one day at a time, not to pressure yourself. Give it all you got. ”

“I truly appreciated the DBT Program. It provided me with tons of useful knowledge and skills that can be implemented in everyday life. I wish some of my peers were fortunate enough to have also taken DBT. If only there were more groups and counselors. However, I am very thankful for the opportunity to have taken part in DBT.”

“I benefitted a lot from the DBT program. I learned a lot about my emotions and feelings that I suppressed for such a long time. I learned coping skills that will last me forever. I really enjoyed being in this group.”

To fully complete the program, prospective clients must have a minimum approved length of stay of 3 weeks. To refer a patient to KeyStone Center’s DBT Program, please call 610-876-9000.