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Kerttu Cantin, MA, LMFT

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Adolescent Multifamily Skills Training Group



Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D. to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In recent years, however, it has been adapted to help treat individuals with mood, anxiety, eating, and personality disorders as well as individuals with drug and alcohol problems. DBT combines both Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness approaches to help these individuals understand and change patterns of living that are causing them distress and suffering.


The specific goals of the DBT Skills Training Group include:

  • Decrease interpersonal chaos
  • Decrease labile emotions and moods
  • Decrease impulsiveness
  • Decrease confusion about self and cognitive dysregulation
  • Decrease quality-of-life interfering behaviors
  • Increase core mindfulness
  • Increase interpersonal effectiveness
  • Increase emotion regulation
  • Increase distress tolerance
  • Increase self-management and life skills


The overall goal of the DBT Skills Training Group is to help clients “Create a life worth living.” The DBT Skills Training Group is a structured course of psycho-social skills training that increases client competence in specific areas of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.


In this group, adolescent clients and their parents are taught sets of skills they can practice and take home to use. These skills include decreasing problem behaviors and increasing effective behaviors, tolerating and managing emotions, and increasing their capacity for developing meaningful relationships. During the session, these skills are practiced as a group and reinforced through weekly homework assignments.


The group meets once a week for two hours from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. The cost is $80 per adolescent.  Each client must be currently in their own ongoing individual therapy to participate in the DBT Skills Training Group.


Clients accepted into the DBT Skills Training Group must:

  • Be willing to work hard
  • Complete weekly homework assignments
  • Commit to actively participate for at least 24 weeks
  • Be prepared to make difficult, but healthy changes in their lives

Please call me at 714-745-1535 or email me today to reserve your space.