Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, is a form of talk therapy that is especially suited for people who experience intense negative feelings or have difficulty regulating their emotions. 

The word “dialectical” in DBT means working with two opposing forces: acceptance and change. Counselors work with clients to help them accept and validate their own feelings and emotions but also help them to change or replace their unhelpful behaviors if those tendencies are preventing them from achieving their life goals, such as developing healthy relationships.

DBT is most effective in people who are ready to do the work of making positive changes and focusing on their present and their future rather than perseverating on their past. Many studies have shown it is especially effective in treating borderline personality disorder, and counselors are also finding it helps those with suicidal thoughts.

Specially trained therapists use DBT in one-on-one sessions as well as in groups. Unlike a support group where members share their own experiences, however, DBT groups are designed to teach a set of skills over several sessions in a workshop or classroom setting. Exercises (such as increasing tolerance to stressful triggers) can be uncomfortable, but the sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that those uncomfortable feelings don’t last forever can lead to tremendous confidence and growth.

Treatment Applications

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • addiction
  • PTSD
  • stress management
  • borderline personality disorder

How does Lifeologie help?

Discuss your concerns with our intake specialists.

When you reach out to a Lifeologie, you’ll be connected with one of our Intake Specialists. In a “call center?” No way. Our specialists are each located in their local Lifeologie office and know the counselors well. Their entire job is to learn about you and what you’re looking for and to match you with the counselor who will be the very best fit for your needs and preferences.

Find a counselor that is passionate about helping you reach your mental health goals.

Our counselors are literally the cream of the crop. We get hundreds of applications every year to intern and work at our offices. Lifeologists are counselors, life coaches and overall wellness advocates who are experts and specialists in their craft. At the intern level, they have set themselves apart as incredible learners and collaborators, chasing after the highest-level trainings in the field. From EMDR to nutrition coaching to brain spotting and addiction specialists, we have you covered. Once you enter a Lifeologie office, you’ll find that we’ve carefully curated the environment to feel modern, comfortable and inviting. Counseling at Lifeologie is not your typical counseling experience – in any way.

Receive continuous support and guidance as you go on your mental health journey.

Your counselor at Lifeologie will meet you wherever you are, whether you’re just starting in counseling for the first time ever… or returning to a life-long counseling journey after a brief break. Your Lifeologist will partner with you to meet your goals. As you learn and grow, we can help you focus on overall wellness through mindfulness practices such as Psychotherapeutic Yoga or mindful eating. Wherever you are, we can come alongside and help you move forward!


about lifeologie

Lifeologie Institute was founded in 2000 with one goal in mind — to bring a fresh, innovative approach to the everyday problems of life. Creative solutions to stuck problems. With our unique multi-specialty, collaborative approach, Lifeologie helps individuals and families heal their wounds and break out of old, unhealthy patterns.