Northland Counseling Center has undergone intensive training and is certified by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to provide DBT and our team includes a nationally certified member.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is based on a treatment model developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. The objective of this approach is to help the client resolve crises by learning to regulate emotions and reactions, learn self acceptance, and learn how to positively influence their environment.
DBT clearly articulates the functions of treatment that it addresses.
- To enhance an individual’s capability by increasing skillful behavior
- To improve and maintain a client’s motivation to change and be engaged with treatment
- To ensure generalization of change occurring through treatment
- To enhance the motivation of therapists to deliver effective treatment, and
- To assist the individual in restructuring or changing his or her environment such that it supports and maintains progress and advancement towards goals.
The methods utilized in DBT include:
- Individual Therapy
- Telephone consultation
- Skills Training Group
- Consultation Group
DBT is available to adults and adolescents who are struggling with behaviorally and emotionally challenged lifestyles that result in engaging in actions/behaviors that are damaging to an individual and their environment.
Individuals often come from backgrounds where their lives have been very invalidating and traumatic.
The focus of individual therapy provided during DBT is to assist in decreasing ineffective thoughts and behaviors and increase the utilization of skill learned through DBT Skills Training Group. Each therapy session you will go through a hierarchy: Life Interfering Behaviors; Therapy Interfering Behaviors; Quality of Life Interfering behaviors; and skills Utilization.
Skills Training Group
The focus in DBT skills training group are the following four modules:
- Core Mindfulness
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Emotional Regulation
- Distress Tolerance
Groups are offed through the Grand Rapids; Hibbing & international Falls office. Groups are currently offered via telehealth.
NCC is a provider for most insurance programs including Medical Assistance. Individuals without insurance coverage may qualify for a sliding fee based on income.
Northland Counseling Center offers an adolescent DBT program as well. Please contact us for details.
Aitkin; Hibbing & Grand Rapids Team lead:
Jennifer Alstad, MS, Ed., LMFT at (218) 326-1274 or email@example.com
Grand Rapids Adolescent Lead:
Kerrie Humble, MSW, LICSW at (218) 326-1274 or firstname.lastname@example.org
International Falls team Lead:
Tammy Gradine, MA, LPCC at (218) 283-3406 or email@example.com
If you plan to participate in DBT please review and sign the DBT Contract.