DBT Center of Silicon Valley – DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™

Are intense emotions running your life and ruining your relationships? Do you swear to yourself you’ll stop doing something self-defeating… only to find yourself resorting to the behavior again? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help! DBT is a structured cognitive-behavioral therapy program that was created to help clients achieve lasting changes in their responses to stressing emotional events.

“Emotions are waves of energy, causing various physiological effects and sensations in our bodies and minds. Some emotions are like gently rolling waves we can easily allow to come and go. Others can feel like tidal waves threatening to overcome us and control what we do.

By learning to “surf” these emotional waves we direct how we respond instead of being carried away by the energy of our emotion. In DBT, we build mastery surfing the waves, no matter how high or ominous.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was created by Marsha Linehan, PhD., to help those suffering with self-injury and suicidality. Its use has grown and is now applied to a number of disorders of behavioral and emotion dysregulation, such as bulimia or substance abuse. DBT is an evidence-based treatment. Numerous research studies have shown it to be effective for treating various symptoms of emotional suffering. DBT focuses on teaching new behaviors for clients to utilize in moments of crisis, difficult interpersonal situations, and problems of everyday living.

Comprehensive DBT includes weekly Skills Training Group, weekly Individual Therapy, and Telephone Skills Coaching for clients and Consultation Team for therapists. Learn more about the concepts behind Dialectical Behavior Therapy by reading about the principles of DBT.

Individual Therapy

Clients work with their individual therapists to identify what’s keeping them stuck in unwanted patterns of behavior. Treatments such as exposure therapy and behavioral activation, cognitive modification, as well as environmental interventions are used to help move clients toward their goals.

Telephone Skills Coaching

Skills coaching with a client’s individual therapist is available between sessions to help clients apply what’s being learned in therapy to problems in daily life.

Skills Training Group

Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills are covered over a 6-month period.

  • Mindfulness: Increasing awareness of the present moment to decrease destructive thoughts.
  • Emotion Regulation: Building strategies to understand and manage strong emotions.
  • Distress Tolerance: Developing skills to calm overwhelming emotions and urges.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning ways to communicate needs and emotions effectively.