Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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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.


For Veterans who are currently participating in the DBT Program.

Jan. through Mar. Wednesday Group  Homework Assignments
Jan. through Mar. Thursday Group  Homework Assignments



Contact Info


  • 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