Our Journey Begins Today

DBT combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness approaches to help people understand, accept, and change patterns of living that are causing suffering.

Your Journey Begins Today

DBT combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness approaches to help people understand, accept, and change patterns of living that are causing suffering.

DBT of TOWSON
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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Welcome to DBT of TOWSON

DBT of TOWSON provides group and individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy to adults. Led by trained DBT therapists, our 25-week program helps individuals who struggle to regulate their emotions and behaviors learn to achieve balance and build lives worth living.

DBT of TOWSON’s group program consists of three learning modules comprising the four aspects of DBT. These are mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Believing that mindfulness, or the learned ability to pay attention to the present moment, is the basis of the other DBT skills, each of the three modules start with two weeks of mindfulness followed by six to seven weeks of distress tolerance, emotion regulation or interpersonal effectiveness. Each weekly group incorporates mindfulness practice, review of skills practice, and teaching of new skills.

Serving the greater Baltimore area, DBT of TOWSON believes that every person who comes to DBT is doing the best that they can at any given moment and that by embodying DBT’s central dialectics, people can learn to accept themselves while making the changes that will enable them to find satisfaction and joy in their lives.

DBT is a style of cognitive behavior therapy that aims to examine the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT was initially developed by Marsha Linehan, who adapted cognitive therapy to address the needs of clients who have a harder time implementing change. Where traditional cognitive therapy attempts to work with thoughts and feelings in order to change behaviors, DBT begins by targeting behaviors in order to change thoughts and feelings. This is important for many people who, despite knowing better, continue to engage in behaviors that negatively impact their lives.

DBT is has been found to be highly effective in treating a wide range of disorders, including borderline personality disorder, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

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DBT of TOWSON was established in 2016 by Katie Holden and Jackie Dressel in an effort to give our emotionally dysregulated clients a place to learn skills to reclaim their lives, their relationships, and their dignity. All of our therapists are fully licensed and have successfully completed Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training. Our goal is to be a leading provider of high-quality DBT group and individual therapy to clients in the greater Baltimore area.

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DBT of TOWSON’s 25-week group program consists of three learning modules, which comprise the four aspects of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Believing that mindfulness, or the learned ability to pay attention to the present moment is the basis of the other DBT skills, each of the three modules starts with two weeks of mindfulness followed by seven to eight weeks of distress tolerance, emotion regulation or interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT Therapy is most effective when weekly skills-training group is combined with individual DBT therapy. DBT therapy is similar to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and emphasizes collaboration between client and therapist to identify and address maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. As such, clients are asked to make a commitment to attend skills group, engage in weekly individual therapy with a DBT-trained clinician, and address agreed upon behavioral goals.

For clients enrolled in group whose outside therapist may not be trained in DBT, DBT of TOWSON provides skills coaching sessions on an as-needed basis to help clients better understand how to apply the DBT skills they are learning in group to their individual lives.

This section is dedicated to offering helpful resources for new and returning clients and their families and loved ones, and for healthcare professionals. Here, new clients can download the necessary forms for their DBT assessment and existing clients can download diary cards. There are also links to additional resources for crises, research and better understanding how DBT can work for you and your loved ones.

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