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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program


What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program?

Through a combination of individual counseling and skills training classes, Veterans can learn new ways to tolerate extreme emotions, behave in a less self-destructive manner, and interact more effectively with the world.

DBT Components:

Individual Therapy
: One hour of individual therapy for at least 6 months. Individual therapy helps work on behaviors which threaten one’s life, one’s success in treatment and one’s ability to enjoy life.

Skills Training Classes: Learn and practice new skills in a 1.5 hour skills class each week for at least 6 months.  Skills classes teach the following modules:  Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Mindfulness.

Telephone Consultation: Individual therapists are available between therapy sessions for telephone coaching. These are phone calls with the individual therapist which help apply skills in real-life situations while they are happening.

Intensive Group Track: Some participants may be recommended to attend a group-only track within our program which meets Thursday mornings for a two and a half hour small group during which the above skills are taught and closely examined to meet each individual's needs.

How can I Participate in the DBT Program?

Veterans who are interested in being referred to DBT can speak to their Mental Health Treatment Coordinator and request a consult be placed. Veterans need to be assigned to a mental health treatment provider prior to referral to DBT. Once consulted the DBT team will reach out to the Veteran and schedule a screening appointment to ensure DBT is a good program for their needs.

Point of Contact

For more information about the DBT Program, please contact Catherine Flores, LCSW, at 713-791-1414, extension 26962.


HOMEWORK CORNER

For Veterans who are currently participating in the DBT Program.

TIME PERIOD GROUP HOMEWORK
June through Aug Wednesday Group  Homework Assignments
     
June through Aug Thursday Group  Homework Assignments
     

 

 

Contact Info

Location

  • 6C-100, 6th Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 713-791-1414 Ext. 26962

Hours of Operation

  • Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    By appointment only