At Lucida, we offer DBT enriched programs. This means clients receive training in the core dialectical behavior therapy skillsets.

Originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, DBT teaches patients the skills to cope with stress, control their emotions and improve relationships with others. DBT has proven to be effective in the treatment of adult and adolescent patients with a range of psychiatric conditions and behavioral problems.

While DBT was initially developed and evaluated as an outpatient treatment program to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), in recent years DBT has been used to treat people with other kinds of mental health disorders. One study showed participant improvement in seven out of nine variables analyzed, including depression, anxiety, interpersonal functioning, global psychopathology, self-mutilation and social adjustment.

One essential component is mutual commitment between client and therapist during treatment at Lucida. That is because DBT involves learning new skills for coping with emotional distress, identifying and labeling triggers and behaviors associated with their disorder, and improving interpersonal relationships. Mutual commitment and trust facilitates the learning and healing process.

At Lucida, our DBT enriched programs involve individual weekly psychotherapy sessions that emphasize problem-solving behavior and address difficulties that arose in the past week. The first priority is self-harm issues, followed by any behaviors that may interfere with the process of therapy. During DBT skills training, the focus may also be on dealing with and decreasing post-traumatic stress responses or past trauma, helping clients increase self-respect and self-image, and improving quality of life.

Weekly group DBT skills sessions, led by a Lucida therapist, provide a safe environment for clients to learn skills in four different modules: emotion regulation, mindfulness skills, distress tolerance/reality acceptance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

At Lucida, the benefits of our DBT enriched programs for clients with anxiety include:

  • Teaching distress tolerance and emotion regulation in order to help clients manage anxiety, worry, fear and stress
  • Through mindfulness, DBT teaches clients how to connect with the present moment and notice passing thoughts and feelings without being ruled by them

Clients with bipolar disorder may find that our DBT enriched programs help them with emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.

Through DBT skills, clients with borderline personality disorder have the opportunity to learn how to better regulate their emotional responses, control their impulsive behavior and improve their interpersonal relationships.

Those struggling with substance abuse learn how to use distress tolerance skills to manage high-risk situations and regulate their emotions to improve behavioral control, thus fostering abstinence.