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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Engaging Dialectical Behavior Therapy session in progress at Mt. Diablo Psychological Services, fostering emotional balance and personal growth.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Mt. Diablo Psychological Services in Contra Costa County is an empirically-proven treatment that combines cognitive-behavioral strategies, eastern spirituality, client-centered techniques, and motivational enhancement. Our DBT model involves concurrent participation in individual therapy and skills training groups focusing on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Each module lasts four to six weeks, with a total duration of about 22-24 weeks. DBT effectively helps individuals with emotion regulation difficulties, fear of abandonment, unstable relationships, impulsivity, low self-esteem, emotional reactivity, chronic suicidality, self-harm, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, and chemical dependency.

DBT Skills Training Groups:

  • All groups are currently virtual.

  • Adult DBT Groups:

    • Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00 PM at 91 Gregory Ln, Ste 19, Pleasant Hill, CA. Group Leaders: Elizabeth Rauch Leftik, Psy.D. and Caroline Bryan, AMFT/APCC. Contact: Dr. Leftik (925) 314-6354.

    • Thursday, 4:30 - 6:00 PM at 171 Front Street, Suite 201, Danville, CA. Group Leaders: Beth Christensen, LMFT and Stacey Hill Lee, LMFT. Contact: Beth Christensen, LMFT (925) 699-3476.

  • Adolescent/Multi-Family DBT Group:

    • Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:30 PM at 171 Front Street, Suite 201, Danville, CA. Group Leaders: Beth Christensen, MFT and Caroline Bryan, AMFT/APCC. Contact: Beth Christensen, LMFT (925) 699-3476.

DBT Modules:

  1. Mindfulness: Increase awareness, reduce suffering, gain control of your mind, and experience reality as it is.

  2. Distress Tolerance: Learn crisis survival skills and acceptance skills to navigate difficult moments effectively and build resilience.

  3. Emotional Regulation: Understand and change emotional responses, reduce vulnerability, problem-solve, and engage in opposite action.

  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Develop skills for skillful conflict management in relationships by understanding complexities and accepting others' perspectives.

We believe that with the right skills and practice, conflicts can be discussed and resolved in relationships. Join our DBT program to create positive changes in your life.

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