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WHAT IS DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment designed specifically for trauma-based individuals with self-harm behaviors, suicide attempts, or co-occurring disorders. It is not unusual for trauma-based individuals to also struggle with other problems like depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems. DBT is a modification of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT is an “empirically-supported treatment.” That means it has been researched in clinical trials, just as new medications are researched to determine whether or not they cause an effective result.

The DBT Restorative Services available from Kairos include individual, family, parent, adult and group sessions.

RESTORATIVE SERVICES

  • INITIAL CONSULTATION: 45 minutes
  • CLINICAL INTAKE SESSION: 60 minutes
  • DIAGNOSTIC TESTING: 90 minutes
  • INDIVIDUAL DBT SESSIONS: 45 minutes, includes in-the-moment coaching
  • TRAUMA-BASED DBT SESSIONS: 90 minutes
  • STANDARD INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: 45 minutes
  • FAMILY SESSIONS: 90 minutes

GROUP SESSIONS:

  • DBT Skills for Parent & Adolescent/Youth: 90 minutes
  • Specialized DBT Group Sessions for Adults: 60 minutes, includes lunch
  • Community Consulting: limited to 60 minutes

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DBT Skills Training Group

Full adherent DBT treatment includes two prongs: individual and skills training. The skills that are acquired help to develop balance and increase mastery over one’s emotions.  There are four modules taught in skills training: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

The  DBT skills training groups meet once a week for 90-120 minutes with two therapists co-facilitating the sessions.  The adolescent group includes a concurrent, mandatory parenting session.  All clients are expected to have an individual therapist, preferably a DBT therapist.  Our newest skills training group invites parents who support their adult sons and daughters who are currently residing at home and/or are financially supported by their parents. 

The full DBT program lasts for 6 months. Each client is asked to make a minimum commitment to one module at a time. Each group member will undergo a 90-120 minute intake that includes a diagnostic assessment, historical interview, current supports system assessment, payment arrangements, and a treatment schedule. Free phone consultations are offered to begin the intake process and to answer any questions regarding payment or the treatments offered.

Current DBT Skills Group Offerings

Mondays, 5:00-6:00 (Nashville Office)

  • TI-DBT (Trauma- Informed DBT) Skills Group
    – Adult Group
    – 12 weeks beginning 1/19/17 through 3/27/17
    – Closed group

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 (Franklin Office)

  • DBT Skills Group- Adolescent Boys and Girls (w/parents)

Wednesdays, 11:00-12:30 (Franklin Office)

  • Adult DBT Skills Group

Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 (Nashville Office)

  • DBT Skills Group-Adolescent Boys and Girls (w/parents)