Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the treatment of choice for disorders of emotion regulation. DBT is an evidenced-based treatment originally developed for adults with Borderline Personality Disorder and has shown to be effective in treating adolescents and adults with suicidal ideation, self-injury, eating disorders, addictions, and/or serious relational problems. DBT is an intensive treatment using several modes of therapy including:

-DBT Skills Group (90 minutes weekly)
-Individual Therapy (45 minutes weekly)
-Phone Coaching (as needed between sessions)
-Family Intervention (as needed)

DBT is a behavioral approach that targets behaviors the client has identified as impeding progress toward his or her goals. Balance, mindfulness, and living according to one's values are also emphasized. The ulitmate goal in DBT is to help the client build a life worth living.

DBT is a complex treatment and providers adherent to the model have typically undergone extensive training. Dr. Orris completed the DBT intensive training with Dr. Alan Fruzzetti in 2011 as well as specialized training in DBT for substance abuse and DBT for adolescents. Dr. Orris is the founder and executive director of Evidence Based Therapy Orange County where she oversees the adolescent and adult DBT programs. The program at CBT California is a full-fidelity, comprehensive DBT program.

For more information about DBT services, please contact Dr. Orris. 

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