Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. The main goals of DBT are to teach clients the relationship between their thoughts and their behaviors, how to live in the moment, develop healthier ways to cope with stress, learn how to effectively manage emotions, and improve their relationships with others.

DBT can help those who have difficulty with emotional regulation or struggle with self-destructive behaviors. It helps clients identify how their thoughts and emotions can lead to actions that have problematic consequences for their lives.

What to expect.

DBT treatment usually consists of individual and as well as group therapy sessions to build skills. Individual sessions are one-on-one meetings with a trained therapist. The therapist will help the client identify problem areas, apply DBT skills within their daily life, and address challenges that they are facing while in treatment.

DBT is an evidence-based therapy that is used to treat a wide variety of mental health symptoms. DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in different key areas. First, the therapist encourages mindfulness and helps clients learn to accept and be present in the current moment. Rather than encouraging you to escape or get out of stressful situations, the therapist works on increasing your tolerance of negative emotions. The client practices emotional regulation to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in their life. The client is also given various techniques and tools to help them improve their communication skills and express themselves in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.

What are the benefits of DBT? 

DBT was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, however, research shows that DBT has also successfully treated people with depression, anxiety, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic-stress disorder, and substance use disorders. Studies have shown that people who receive DBT experience decreased suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors, enhanced self-esteem, more effective communication skills, more meaningful relationships, and a higher quality of life.

This service is available in the following locations:


  • Augusta
  • via telehealth statewide

For more information or to enroll in services our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

We are required to bill for our services. MaineCare and private insurance will pay for many of our services. Low or no-cost treatment may be available to qualified individuals.

Not sure which treatment is right for you?
Call our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

They will answer your questions, provide information, and help you make an appointment for an initial assessment, where we can learn more about you and your specific needs.