Clinical Services

Ser­vices Offered at the Behav­ioral Research & Ther­apy Clin­ics (BRTC)

The BRTC is pri­mar­ily a research clinic, offer­ing treat­ment to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity as part of our clin­i­cal tri­als. Click here for infor­ma­tion on our cur­rent clin­i­cal tri­als. We also pro­vide a range of clin­i­cal ser­vices as part of our Treat­ment Devel­op­ment Clinic (TDC). Through TDC, clients receive Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy and other evidence-based treat­ments from psy­chol­o­gists, post­doc­toral fel­lows, and/or doc­toral stu­dents under the super­vi­sion of licensed psychologists.

Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy for Ado­les­cents

Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy (DBT) is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treat­ment used to treat indi­vid­u­als who expe­ri­ence severe and per­va­sive prob­lems with emo­tion reg­u­la­tion result­ing in sig­nif­i­cantly prob­lem­atic behav­iors.  Behav­iors may include mul­ti­ple sui­cide attempts, non-suicidal self-injurious behav­ior (e.g., cut­ting, burn­ing), sub­stance abuse, severe eat­ing dis­or­ders, or a com­bi­na­tion of some or all of these behav­iors.  DBT for ado­les­cents includes both weekly indi­vid­ual ther­apy and weekly group skills train­ing classes geared specif­i­cally for teenagers.  Skills train­ing includes:

  • devel­op­ing more effec­tive social inter­ac­tions (Inter­per­sonal Effec­tive Skills)
  • increas­ing tol­er­ance of dis­tress­ing sit­u­a­tions (Dis­tress Tol­er­ance Skills)
  • bet­ter under­stand­ing and man­ag­ing emo­tions (Emo­tion Reg­u­la­tion Skills)
  • improv­ing one’s own mind­ful­ness (Mind­ful­ness Skills)

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Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy for Adults

Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy (DBT) is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treat­ment used to treat indi­vid­u­als who expe­ri­ence severe and per­va­sive prob­lems with emo­tion reg­u­la­tion result­ing in sig­nif­i­cantly prob­lem­atic behav­iors.  Behav­iors may include mul­ti­ple sui­cide attempts, non-suicidal self-injurious behav­ior (e.g., cut­ting, burn­ing), sub­stance abuse, severe eat­ing dis­or­ders, or a com­bi­na­tion of some or all of these behav­iors.  DBT for adults includes both weekly indi­vid­ual ther­apy and weekly group skills train­ing classes, which include:

  • devel­op­ing more effec­tive social inter­ac­tions (Inter­per­sonal Effec­tive Skills)
  • increas­ing tol­er­ance of dis­tress­ing sit­u­a­tions (Dis­tress Tol­er­ance Skills)
  • bet­ter under­stand­ing and man­ag­ing emo­tions (Emo­tion Reg­u­la­tion Skills)
  • improv­ing one’s own mind­ful­ness (Mind­ful­ness Skills)

Friends and Fam­ily DBT Skills Group

This group is designed for fam­ily mem­bers, friends, and care­givers of peo­ple with chronic men­tal and phys­i­cal health prob­lems like bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der, bipo­lar dis­or­der, and Alzheimer’s dis­ease. For more infor­ma­tion on this group, please call 206–543-3765.

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Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy Program

TDC also peri­od­i­cally accepts clients with bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der and other prob­lems of emo­tion reg­u­la­tion to par­tic­i­pate in our full DBT pro­gram, which includes:
  • Indi­vid­ual DBT therapy
  • Weekly DBT group skills training

Indi­vid­ual ther­apy and group skills train­ing are offered on a slid­ing fee scale.  If you are inter­ested in being screened for the DBT pro­gram, please con­tact our Par­tic­i­pant Coor­di­na­tor at 206–543-9270.