Take control back from overwhelming emotions with DBT

AMFM's DBT therapy offers specialized strategies to manage intense emotions, build resilience, and improve relationships.

Ever feel like your emotions are running the show instead of you? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an approach that was created to help people deal with overwhelming emotions, giving them back control of their lives. 

DBT focuses on finding the balance between accepting yourself and changing. A lot of people find this therapy helpful when they have a lot of emotional pain and struggle with behaviors that cause problems in their daily lives and relationships. 

With AMFM’s DBT program, you’ll be able to control your emotions, handle distressing situations without getting overwhelmed, and stay present in the moment.

The Evidence Behind DBT

There’s a lot of evidence that DBT works, especially any struggles that involve intense emotions. Research shows that DBT can reduce distress symptoms, improve emotional regulation, and improve quality of life. Among mental health professionals, DBT is widely respected for its success in producing lasting change- which is why AMFM uses DBT as one of the evidence-based approaches available to clients.

How DBT Works

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has multiple components used to help people manage intense emotions and improve their quality of life. 

The DBT Process Explained

DBT unfolds in stages, each one building on the last to provide a complete treatment program:

Behavioral Stabilization

First, you and your therapist will work on behaviors that might cause you harm or significant distress, so you’re safe and stable.

Emotional Regulation

Once you feel safe enough, you’ll start learning how to manage your emotions better, so you can react to life’s challenges more calmly.

Interpersonal Effectiveness​

The next step is improving your relationships. You’ll learn skills to communicate better, set healthy boundaries, and interact in more positive ways.

Self-Acceptance and Change

The final stage is all about finding a balance between accepting yourself as you are and recognizing areas for growth and change.

Throughout these stages, you’re not alone. Your therapist will be there to guide, support, and cheer you on every step of the way.

Skills Training Focus

DBT relies on four key skill sets, each focused on something different:

For many people in DBT, these skills mean brand new ways to cope with difficult emotions, navigate relationships, and face life’s challenges. Through DBT at AMFM, you’ll practice using these skills in everyday situations.

Benefits of DBT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at AMFM means gaining practical skills for a more balanced life. Those who undergo DBT often enjoy benefits like:

Enhancing Emotional Control:

DBT helps you keep your cool, giving you the upper hand in managing intense feelings.

Improving Relationships:

You’ll learn clear ways to communicate and set boundaries, making for healthier and happier interactions with others.

Reducing Self-Destructive Behaviors:

Find new ways to cope with difficult emotions, steering clear of actions that you’ll regret later on.

Increasing Resilience:

Grow your ability to face setbacks with a stronger, more positive outlook.

Fostering Mindfulness:

Embrace the present moment, reducing stress and enhancing your enjoyment of life.

Healthier Decision Making:

Make choices based on your goals and values, thanks to a clearer understanding of what’s important to you.

DBT equips you with a set of skills tailor-made for everyday life, helping you deal with challenges more easily.

What to Expect During DBT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a structured journey that will help you master your mental state and improve your relationships. Here’s a closer look at the roadmap:

Your First DBT Session

DBT, like most therapy approaches, begins with a comprehensive assessment. Your therapist will get to know you — your challenges, aspirations, and what you hope to achieve through DBT. You’ll talk about your history, your current struggles, and set therapy targets together.  Ultimately, you’re working on a treatment plan that will get you to your goals.

Participation in Skills Training

Skills training groups are always a part of the DBT process, and they usually meet weekly. During these sessions, you’ll learn and practice DBT’s core skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. You’ll also get to meet people who understand your journey, so you can learn from and support each other.

Ongoing Support

You’ll learn how to apply DBT skills to your own experiences in individual therapy sessions. You’ll have a chance to explore your new skills in depth and fine-tune them. You’ll have your therapist on hand for coaching between sessions, too, if you need help implementing DBT strategies in everyday life. That way, you’ll always have the support, you need to stay connected to your goals and the therapeutic process.

Our DBT Therapist

Meet Our Team: Featuring AMFM’s DBT-trained therapists, highlighting their commitment to supporting clients through DBT.

Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


When AMFM Uses DBT

AMFM carefully evaluates who will benefit most from DBT- it’s not for everyone, so we want to make sure anyone receiving it is the right fit.

Identifying Candidates For DBT

DBT is the most effective for anyone struggling with borderline personality disorder, involved in self-harm, or experiencing intense emotional dysregulation. Our team looks for signs that someone is struggling with emotions in a way that affects their life and relationships. That might mean lots of emotional ups and downs, trouble maintaining stable relationships, or dangerous coping methods. When we see these challenges, we can direct individuals towards DBT as a way to learn to relate to their emotions in a more healthy way.

Customized DBT Approaches 

We’re careful to tailor DBT to fit individuals, without losing any of the pieces that make it effective. We might adjust the approach to address specific issues, like changing the intensity and frequency of therapy sessions or adding tools that click most with the client. We think DBT should help people learn valuable skills as well as fit well with their lives, problems, and goals.

DBT as One Part of a Holistic Treatment Plan

DBT is never used as a standalone treatment at AMFM. DBT might be used in combination with other therapeutic modalities, like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, or group therapy. DBT focuses on specific emotional and behavioral skills, but other therapies can help address additional areas of need so that every client is supported mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

AMFM uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help individuals deal with emotional challenges and build fulfilling lives. We make sure DBT, when needed, is seamlessly integrated within a holistic treatment plan, so we can meet the unique needs of every client.