DBT Program

Do your emotions rule your Life? Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help you get them back in control.

DBT Program

Maybe your therapist or psychiatrist recommended that you do DBT, or maybe you read a few of the many articles on the effectiveness of DBT. We believe that DBT changes lives. It changed ours, and it will change yours, if you do the work.

Components of the DBT Program

DBT Skills Group: Groups meet once a week for two hours and are like a class. We teach you skills to help you manage emotions, assign skills to practice (“homework”), and review homework from the previous week. Groups are a maximum of eight people and are run by two DBT therapists.

DBT Skills Group Schedule:

  • Monday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


DBT Graduates Group: Once clients have completed a DBT program with either Bay Area Mental Health or another program, they can join one of our Graduates Groups. The DBT Graduate Groups are intended to provide a safe space to deepen your use of DBT skills. These groups are a mix of skills training and processing.

DBT Graduates Group Schedule:

  • Tuesday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Individual Therapy: with the therapist of your choice. We find that it’s most effective if you work with a Bay Area Men

tal Health therapist during the time you are in DBT because we know what you are working on in group and can support that process. However, if you already have a therapist, we want to honor that relationship and are happy to collaborate with them. In other words, you can stay with your current therapist if you prefer.

Phone Coaching: Coaching calls are short phone calls (less than 10 minutes) in-between sessions designed to help you use the coping skills that you learn in group. This is not the same thing as phone therapy. There is no charge for this support.

Therapist Consultation:Our therapists consult regularly to provide you the best experience possible. We function as a team to give you excellent care.

Skills Group Modules

The full DBT Program consists of three group modules with Mindfulness incorporated into each one:

  • Distress Tolerance (8 weeks) – Learn skills to manage emotional crisis situations, short-term and long-term.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness (8 weeks) – Learn to communicate more effectively, to ask for what you want and to say no. Learn to set and maintain boundaries.
  • Emotion Regulation (10 weeks) – Learn to identify and understand what you are feeling. Learn to reduce the frequency and intensity of emotions, and even to change them once they start.

Our program typically reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety by half over a 6 month course of treatment!

You can start the program during the mindfulness section in any of the modules. We strongly recommend that you complete all three modules two times. This takes a total of 13 months. We know it feels like a long time, which is why we break it down into modules. You only have to sign up for one module at a time.

How do I sign up?

We open up groups to new clients at the beginning of a new module. Because we have multiple groups running, there is usually only a three- to six-week wait to get into a group. Groups tend to fill up quickly so we maintain wait lists for each group. We can reserve a spot for you – call now to hold your place in line. If you are ready to start now, we can make an appointment to start to see you individually.