Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg

  • Disordered eating/eating disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Impulse control
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Behavior issues
  • Coping skills
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Insomnia
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Divorce

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach that was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. Dr. Linehan originally developed DBT as a method of working with and treating individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT, however, can effectively be used with a number of other disorders because the approach combines both cognitive and behavioral therapies, thus exploring emotional, cognitive, and behavioral patterns.

The Meredith Dialectical Behavior Therapy program addresses five different types of dysregulation that the client may be experiencing: emotional, cognitive, behavioral, intrapersonal, and interpersonal.

  • Emotional dysregulation: The individual is not emotionally stable. The individual tends to experience emotional extremes and emotional sensitivity.
  • Cognitive dysregulation: The individual tends to see things in polarities. That is, everything is either right or wrong, good or bad, all or nothing.
  • Behavioral dysregulation: The individual behaves very impulsively and may engage self-harm.
  • Intrapersonal dysregulation: The individual is not very self-aware and may, as a result, feel emptiness, emotionless, or even identity confusion.
  • Interpersonal dysregulation: The individual truly struggles to make and maintain healthy, positive relationships.

The Meredith Dialectical Behavior Therapy program is composed of weekly sessions: individual therapy, group sessions, skills training. An on-call, risk management therapist is also available.

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5985 W. Main Street, Ste. 101
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

1009 44th St. SW, Ste. 103
Wyoming, MI 49509

(269) 459-1818

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