Mental Health & Outpatient Mental Health Clinic located in Green Bay, WI
DBT services offered in Green Bay, WI

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the evidence-based therapeutic tools the team of mental health experts uses at Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC in Green Bay, Wisconsin. DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that helps people who are struggling with intense emotions. Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC has a community of clinicians who empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to heal, grow, and achieve your goals. Call the office today or book an appointment online to learn more about DBT. In-office and telemedicine appointments by phone or video are available.


What is DBT exactly?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy, or talk therapy. It’s based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a type of talk therapy that helps you identify and change negative thoughts and feelings. However, DBT specifically addresses people who are struggling with intense emotions.


Dialectical is the joining of opposite ideas. As a therapy, DBT focuses on helping you accept your current situation and the ways it affects how you feel and live. Then, you develop strategies that improve how you live, benefiting how you feel, think, and act. 


DBT helps you accept who you are and the unique challenges you face, so you can better recognize the benefits of positive change.  

Can DBT help my depression?

DBT is one of the therapies the team at Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC uses to treat depression. It’s an effective therapy for many mood disorders and conditions that cause emotional dysregulation, including:


  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Self-harm
  • Anxiety


DBT was originally developed as a form of therapy for people who have borderline personality disorder, which is a mental illness that causes intense mood swings that are difficult to change.

What happens during DBT?

The clinician at Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC customizes your DBT plan based on your symptoms and goals. They discuss the details of your therapy so you know what to expect. 


Your plan may include weekly individual DBT sessions and DBT skills training to improve your social interactions. 


Using DBT, your therapist teaches you techniques you can use at home to help regulate your emotions, such as mindfulness and distress tolerance (understanding and managing emotions during stressful situations).

How long do I need DBT?

The length of your DBT depends on many factors. However, you may need regular therapy sessions for at least six months. Therapy is a process, and changing mental habits takes time. 


Many people experience an improvement in their quality of life after undergoing DBT. It’s especially effective for people with BPD.


Call Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about DBT.