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Adult DBT Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized approach for treating emotional dysregulation. It is an evidence-based treatment, meaning its effectiveness has been examined and verified through research.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized approach for treating emotional dysregulation. It is an evidence-based treatment, meaning its effectiveness has been examined and verified through research.

To provide DBT at Village Counseling and Wellness, our therapists undergo extensive training and are part of a DBT consultation team.

DBT treats:

  • Chaotic relationships
  • Family conflict
  • Confusion about self
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • All-or-nothing thinking
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Self-harming behaviors (cutting, hair pulling, skin picking, etc.)
  • Alcohol or drug use/abuse
  • Violence towards self or others

DBT includes four essential parts

  • Individual therapy
  • Skills training
  • Coaching calls
  • Therapist participation in a consultation team

If even one of these 4 parts is missing, DBT treatment is no longer evidence-based or as effective as it can be. Therefore, the Village Counseling and Wellness DBT Program requires participants to:

  • Commit to an initial course of treatment
  • Attend weekly, 50-minute, individual therapy
  • Attend weekly, 90-minute skills training class
  • Participants make appropriate use of phone calls to their assigned therapist for help in using new skills

Weekly Individual Therapy

Sessions start by reviewing a weekly Diary Card, where the participant has monitored daily emotions, urges, treatment compliance, etc. This method of treatment clarifies the cause-and-effect role between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Alternatives to unsafe/ineffective behaviors are reviewed and practiced.

Weekly Skills Training Class

Each participant is required to attend weekly Skills Training. This is where DBT skills are taught, reviewed, practiced, and reinforced in a classroom setting. This is not a traditional therapy group, where people get together to discuss problems. This is a class where skills are taught. There are 4 modules that are taught over the course of the program.


Mindfulness helps people accept and tolerate powerful emotions. The concept of mindfulness is derived from traditional Buddhist practice, though the version taught in DBT does not involve any religious or metaphysical concepts. Within DBT it is being able to pay attention—non-judgmentally—to the present moment. Mindfulness is living in the moment, experiencing one’s emotions and senses fully, yet with the detachment that allows perspective.

Emotional Regulation

Emotion Regulation is experiencing and expressing emotions without resorting to inappropriate or ineffective behavior. People who have difficulty regulating emotions can express themselves volatile behaviors, such as screaming, lashing out verbally or physically, and acting aggressively toward themselves and others. These behaviors make it difficult for others to enjoy being around them, and then social problems can get even worse.

Distress Tolerance

Life happens, including tough situations. Learning how to tolerate distressing emotions and events is important. It is important to learn to deal with negative events or situations without resorting to behaviors that make things even worse. Distress tolerance is managing unpleasant feelings and situations by using effective skills. It is often not possible to change circumstances, but it is possible get through difficult situations in a skillful manner.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Healthy relationships are equitable and balanced. Appropriate boundaries are important, including how to balance one’s priorities and demands with the other person’s priorities and demands. It means knowing when and how to ask for help. It means knowing when to say “yes” to someone and when to say “no.” It is also about getting one’s needs met in a way that maintains the relationship and the participant’s self-respect.

Coaching Calls:

The purpose of these calls is to coach participants—during stressful moments—to use DBT skills instead of resorting to ineffective behaviors. The calls are short—no more than 5 or 10 minutes. Coaching calls are brief, but very helpful in moving the skills out of the therapy office and into real life.

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Village Counseling and Wellness

4405 Riverside Drive, Suite 203 Burbank, CA 91505
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We provide evidence-based individual, group and family therapy and wellness programs to adults, adolescents and children. We serve the Los Angeles area including the communities of Burbank, Toluca Lake, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Glendale, La Crescenta, La Canada, and Hollywood.