DBT Residential Treatment Centers

Lindner Center of HOPE offers premier adult assessment and residential treatment that transforms mental health within the phases and stages of care. Regardless of phase or stage, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) serves as the foundation of residential treatment at Lindner Center of HOPE.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps individuals with emotion regulation. With compassion, understanding and validation, DBT acknowledges how painful life is for the patient and how they can learn from their past in their journey to make positive, productive changes. The primary focus of DBT is to develop skills to help individuals better regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, and improve relationships.

What does DBT treat?

DBT is considered the gold standard treatment for borderline personality disorder, but is also applied to substance abuse, bingeing, and other problems which include emotion dysregulation. Research shows that those who have successfully completed DBT programs are more likely to have strong interpersonal relationships, find employment, and stop having thoughts of self-harm. In addition, they experience reductions in suicidal behavior and thoughts, hopelessness, depression, drug and alcohol problems, and binge eating.

How does DBT work?

During therapy sessions, clients learn skills that help them cope with emotionally charged situations, tolerate distress, and improve their communication skills. They will also be encouraged to develop strategies for changing unhelpful behaviors and thought patterns.

There are four modules within DBT that aim to help individuals create lives that are fulfilling and meaningful including:

  1. Mindfulness: Developing an awareness of the present moment and learning to accept oneself without judgement;
  2. Emotion Regulation: Learning healthy ways of dealing with emotions in order to prevent destructive behaviors;
  3. Distress Tolerance: Building skills to help cope with negative or difficult feelings in the moment;
  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning how to communicate clearly and effectively, set boundaries, and maintain relationships.

What is the difference between Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

DTB emphasizes acceptance, while CBT focuses on teaching people how to change negative thought and behavior patterns. DBT utilizes skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness which are not found in CBT. DBT also considers how one’s environment affects their thoughts and behaviors, something that is not addressed in CBT.

Another key difference between DBT and CBT is the focus of each approach. DBT concentrates on emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills which help individuals to accept themselves for who they are, manage their emotions more effectively, and stay in control of their lives. On the other hand, CBT focuses on changing maladaptive thinking patterns that can lead to unhealthy behaviors.

In addition, DBT often advocates for a collaborative relationship between therapist and client; focusing more on an equal relationship than a hierarchical one. This is in contrast to CBT which tends to emphasize the role of the therapist as an expert. Furthermore, DBT emphasizes developing “wise mind” – a balance between emotion and logic – while CBT focuses on rational problem solving.

What is Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)?

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) is a newer type of DBT developed by Dr. Thomas R. Lynch for disorders of emotional over-control. Though self-control is often highly prized and rewarded by our society, too much self-control can create a host of difficulties, including social isolation and poor interpersonal relationships. RO-DBT is designed to focus on building flexible responding, authentic emotional expression, self-inquiry, and ability to manage unexpected or challenging feedback.

The primary goals of RO-DBT include improving social signaling, enhancing receptivity and openness, and increasing interpersonal connection. DSM-5 diagnostic categories that have been shown to benefit from RO-DBT include Chronic Depression, Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Avoidant, Paranoid, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

How does Lindner Center of HOPE incorporate DBT into residential treatment?

Residential treatment at Lindner Center of HOPE dials in on the specific needs of each patient. Employing both DBT and RO-DBT enables Lindner Center of HOPE to provide the most effective, individualized treatment. Other modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), motivational interviewing, 12-step and other addictive disorder treatments.

Lindner Center of HOPE Residential Programs Offer Individualized Care

Lindner Center of HOPE’s residential offerings provide an individual path to answers that patients, families and referral sources are seeking. Between our two adult units we can:

  • Evaluate and stabilize presenting issues
  • Observe and assess through group therapy and therapeutic milieu involvement (including response to DBT or RO-DBT)
  • Gather insights through multidisciplinary treatment team rounding and collaboration
  • Utilize testing instruments identified for each patient’s specific concerns
  • Develop and present clinical recommendations in inclusive feedback sessions
  • Continue treatment through evidence-based approaches or through referrals to other placements

Still Have Questions?

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If you or your loved one is considering a residential program, help is available. Lindner Center of HOPE offers comprehensive care with evidence based treatment in a home like setting. If you still have questions we are here to help you with all your needs. Take charge of your mental health today.

About Lindner Center of HOPE

At Lindner Center of HOPE we focus on evidence based treatment and offer exceptional personal care. Our residence based treatment at Lindner Center of HOPE offers individuals a comfortable and home-like setting to confront their bipolar disorder and work towards an appropriate treatment plan. 

Seeking out information about residential treatment is the first step. If you’re on this page you’ve taken that step, let us help you take the next one. 

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– Lindner Center of HOPE former resident


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