DBT Elevator Speech

DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a talk therapy that helps people improve their lives.  It is designed to help people:


  •  solve problems             

  •  get off the rollercoaster of emotions 

  •  control destructive impulses 

  •  survive when life is terrible 

  •  live a worthwhile life

DBT might be helpful to you if you are having trouble with:

  •   anxiety          

  •   depression        

  •   destructive impulses    

  •   intense anger

  •   intense shame or guilt

  •   difficulty getting what you want

  •   difficulty getting or keeping relationships

  •   conflict with other people

  •   loneliness

DBT has two main parts:

1.  Individual Counseling - one on one meetings with a therapist to get control of 

destructive impulses and figure out how to live a happy life.

2.  Skills Training - usually done in a group or class setting, DBT skills training is about learning and practicing life skills aimed at:​

  • increasing mindfulness - learning to go within ourselves to see where we truly stand on things despite the ups and downs of our thoughts, our feelings, or the world around us

  • increasing distress tolerance - learning how to handle crises and pain without making things worse

  • increasing emotion regulation - learning to reduce strong emotions that can take over and run us

  • increasing skillfulness in relationships - learning how to ask for what we want in an effective way, and learning how to maintain or improve relationships while we maintain or improve our self-respect​

At Maple Leaf, we focus on the skills part of things.  Some of our students do individual DBT counseling while most do other kinds of therapy.

We invite you to look around our website and to contact us if you have questions or want to talk about how DBT might be helpful for you.