Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

All of us could find ways to benefit from this creative and experiential therapy and become more effective and confident in our relationships at home and work. The best part? You’re part of a group so you can enjoy the dialogue and perspectives of others.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) sounds clinical, but it’s really just a form of specialized individual or group therapy that can benefit everyone. DBT helps us become more fluent in skills that we use to navigate life more smoothly. It helps us hone skills like:

  • mindfulness
  • emotional regulation
  • interpersonal relations
  • stress tolerance

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A creative, experiential way to experience therapy.

Did you know our Bridging Hope team has over ten years of experience leading DBT skills groups? We’re one of the Twin Cities leading providers of DBT Skills Groups and conduct them with an experiential and creative approach.

Experiential means that we teach the skills in a “hands on” format to make it easier to apply the skills. We use worksheets, videos, mindfulness practices, and different activities. This may even include equine therapy with horses, painting, and yoga.

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Frequently Asked Questions

DBT is fitting for professionals, anyone in a relationship, growing families, and adolescents. Are you a professional looking to improve your interpersonal skills so you can advance in your career? Are you someone who struggles to feel balanced and focused as life pulls you in different directions? Are you someone who feels like your emotions take over sometimes, resulting in unintended outcomes? Do you want to become a more empathetic partner? Are you struggling to have positive interactions with your teen? Is your teen struggling to navigate the challenges of the teen years? We all face unique challenges day-to-day, but if you want to lead a more mindful, intentional, peaceful lifestyle - you can benefit from DBT skills!
DBT groups are facilitated by two therapists and you’re able to join a peer group to experience the session together. This is the perfect format if you’re interested in therapy but the idea of 1:1 is intimidating at first, or if you are looking for a more “hands-on” experience. The group setting provides the perspectives and validation of others. A typical session will include experiential and creative ways to apply the skills and ideas. DBT groups are available for men, women, and teens at all three of our locations. Groups are conducted virtually at this time due to COVID-19.
DBT groups will use experiential practices to help us hone skills that we can use to navigate day-to-day life more smoothly. Goals of DBT include: Increase Mindfulness Make more mindful decisions and see past the moment Learn Emotional Regulation skills Use skills instead of our emotions taking over Improve Interpersonal Effectiveness Learn to validate others and feel validated Increase Distress tolerance abilities Balance of coping with emotions and solutions Processing of internal and external information Balance of feelings and thoughts Attend to current, near future and distant future Identify positive goals for self Build Confidence
Please verify coverage amounts with your insurance provider. If you need to inquire about private pay, please call our office. Accepted insurance carriers include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Behavioral Health Care Providers (UCare, Fairview, Patient Choice), Health Partners, Medica, Medical Assistance (MA). We do not accept Medicare. Out-of-Network Insurance Benefits available and Sliding Scale Fee for Service.

Still have questions? 

Breanna Heintzelman, MA, LMFT
Group Therapy Supervisor
breanna@bridginghopecounseling.com
(320) 266-6170