Center for DBT Services

Center for DBT Services

Help for Those Who Hurt Themselves

The Center for DBT Services provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy for people who experience intense emotions, self-harm urges, and difficult interpersonal relationships. DBT therapists at InterAct serve both adults and adolescents using skills training and individual therapy. DBT is a best practice treatment used worldwide to help chronically suicidal people often diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder (BPD). Licensed therapists at the DBT clinic have been trained through the Behavioral Tech, LLC in Seattle, Washington with Dr. Marsha Linehan, the founder of this creative approach. DBT therapists participate in weekly peer consultation and supervision to stay adherent to the model and prevent burnout. DBT Supervisor Gwen Abney-Cunningham and Clinical Director Randy Wolbert are available to provide DBT training at national and regional conferences, as well as consultation to programs and individuals to promote DBT fidelity.

Skills Training

DBT is based on the acquisition of 18 skills contained in four specific skills training modules. Learning and using these skills decreases behaviors that result in chaotic relationships, rapidly changing emotions, anxiety, depression, hospitalizations, use of emergency rooms, and difficulty with work and leisure activities. Weekly skills training is provided at the Center for DBT Services in both group and individual settings with trained facilitators. A commitment to learning the skills is essential to success in DBT.

Individual Therapy

Studies indicate the combination of skills training and individual therapy results in the best therapeutic outcome. An individual dialectical behavior therapist provides additional support and education to assist in generalizing the skills to daily life. Typically, individual therapy is provided weekly by a DBT-trained therapist.

Outcomes

In addition to helping people achieve their personal recovery goals, Center for DBT Services outcomes include:

  • Reduced psychiatric hospitalization use
  • Decrease of self-reported symptoms
  • High rate of satisfaction with service

What People Say About Our Center for DBT Services

  • “I was never really happy. I didn’t smile a whole lot. I never really enjoyed anything, and now I can just be happy and smile. I mean life isn’t great every day, but you can make it good. You can see what you are doing and use the skills to turn it around.”
  • “Before I got into DBT it just seemed like the only solution to my problem was hospitalization, and I was hospitalized quite frequently. Since I have been in DBT, I haven’t been hospitalized.”
  • “I don’t do anything impulsive any more. I used to slice on my arms and burn myself and put my fists through walls. I don’t do that anymore. I just stop and say, ‘well I don’t think I’m in wise mind anymore.’”
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)“I didn’t know what hope was; I know now. Before, hope was just a word you would cut out of a magazine, now I have it internally.”

How to Enroll

Referrals and authorizations for payment for DBT Services may be obtained by contacting Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) Access Center at (269) 373-6000. DBT outpatient services currently are only available in Kalamazoo.  

If you have private insurance and are interested in more information about DBT treatment or other agency services, contact InterAct between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at (269) 381-3700.

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