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About Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive evidenced-based treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan for emotionally vulnerable people who are are not able to manage intense emotions in constructive ways. DBT is indicated for Individuals with chronic mood dysregulation including those with borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and chronic depression. This therapy is an evidence-based treatment, meaning that it has been proven to be effective in research trials.

Emotionally sensitive people who struggle with intense emotions often act in impulsive or emotion-based actions that cause pain in their lives and the lives of those who love them. These emotions may result in behaviors such as raging, self harm, depression, emotional paralysis, suicide attempts, substance abuse, gambling, overspending or eating disorders.

DBT offers alternative, effective ways to manage feelings, deal with painful situations, and improve relationships These skills are taught in caring treatment relationships with therapists who recognize the clients' strengths, understand their emotional sensitivity, and offer practical and powerful ways to build a functional life.

Components of DBT

Comprehensive DBT includes individual therapy, skills training group, skills coaching between sessions and a treatment team. At the DBT Center we offer all these modalities.

DBT skills training groups are more like classes than traditional therapy groups. The group leader teaches the skill using easy to understand examples and emphasizes practice. Skills are taught in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation.

If someone is suffering from trauma, trauma treatment is begun when self-harm behaviors are being successfully managed. It is important for the individual to have the skills to manage intense emotions before engaging in trauma work.

Types of Therapy

At the DBT Center, you and your therapist will carefully consider the concerns and goals that you have and what type of therapy and the frequency of therapy that is most likely to be effective for you. 

In addition to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, clinicians at the Center are trained in other therapy orientations.  Depending on what you want to address, your clinician might recommend a different therapy, including the following:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy & Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

We offer services for couples, families, children, teens, young adults and adults.

About the DBT Center

The DBT Center team is a group of highly trained and caring professionals who are dedicated to excellence. Our team is ready to help you build the life you want to live and teach you the skills to decrease your suffering and cope more effectively with difficult emotions and situations. All our therapists are fully trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and also offer other evidenced-based treatments such as Radically Open DBT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, trauma treatments, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. We offer services to all ages 5 and above.

Our programs include intensive outpatient programs for adults, intensive outpatient programs for adolescents, and weekly skills groups with individual sessions. We offer family sessions and a family skills group as well. We have specialty groups such as Anger Management and Advanced DBT Skills Group.

About Dr. Hall

I’m Dr. Karyn Hall and I live in Houston, Texas with my family and two Bolognese dogs named Atlas and Plato. My passion is helping people create the life they want to live.  I’m the director of the DBT Center, a psychologist, a DBT trainer, and an author. My books include SAVVY: Communication Skills for Family and Friends of Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder; The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You; and Mindfulness Exercises for DBT Therapists.  I’m the co-author of The Power of Validation. I have a podcast on iTunes (The Emotionally Sensitive Person) and I blog for Psychology Today (Pieces of Mind)  and PsychCentral (The Emotionally Sensitive Person).