DBT Therapy

Meadow BackgroundIn 2011, then-Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall announced he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and successfully treated with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, radical acceptance and distress tolerance. Today’s Chicago Bears wide receiver says he’s not cured, but DBT helped him “see the gray in between the black and white. … To sit with myself and not make it worse.”

DBT is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that integrates Eastern philosophy and meditative practices with evidence-based Western behavioral therapy treatment. The concept of dialectics is that opposite truths can co-exist. With that concept in mind, change and acceptance strategies are used to help participants resolve conflicts within themselves. Originally developed by Seattle-based psychologist Marsha Linehan to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT is documented to help people with a range of problems.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Group Program

Our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills program helps those who are struggling with intense emotions, harmful behaviors, often including self-harm and impulsivity. DBT skills group is a highly structured form of behavioral therapy that teaches the skills necessary to regulate emotions, avoid self-harm, self destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relationships.

When a person is referred to our program, a full assessment is completed and an evaluation will be done to determine whether the DBT Skills Program is the appropriate form of treatment. The program is facilitated by Dorothy, and her colleague, DBT therapist Tara McSoley. The program includes the use of DBT Group Skills training, skills homework review, mindfulness meditation, diary cards, and DBT skills phone coaching.

The program runs 24-26 weeks and consists of four core sections; Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills. It is an open group and new participants may enter during “Mindfulness.” DBT education is provided to family members and significant others during the DBT family group.  We offer an adult skills group and an adolescent skills group. Call Dorothy at her Madison, NJ office for meeting times: 201-788-3189.