What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a type of therapy created by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington. The therapy was specifically designed to assist individuals who have difficulty controlling their emotions. DBT treatment is often delivered within a skills group, which covers four modules:

  • Mindfulness: How to cultivate an awareness to the present moment that is nonjudgmental
  • Distress Tolerance: How to tolerate and accept difficult emotions without changing them
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to skillfully ask for what one needs, say no to others, and cope with relational conflict
  • Emotion Regulation: How to transform difficult emotions in healthy ways

Who would benefit from DBT?

Common challenges faced by DBT group members include:

  • Mood volatility
  • Emotional sensitivity
  • Intense emotional reactions
  • Slow emotional recovery
  • Difficulty expressing feelings in effective ways
  • Tendency to engage in problematic behaviors to regulate emotion and to solve interpersonal problems

Local DBT Groups

Solomon Counseling offers teen groups, young adult groups, and adult groups. They host five modules, each containing seven 90-minute weekly sessions. Normally groups meet in their Mt. Washington office, but during the pandemic all groups are conducted online via telehealth. Contact Mayer Solomon for more information:

Mayer Solomon, LCSW-C
Solomon Counseling
1501 Sulgrave Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209