Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.

People undergoing DBT are taught how to effectively change their behavior using four main strategies:

Mindfulness—focusing on the present (“living in the moment").
Distress Tolerance—learning to accept oneself and the current situation. More specifically, people learn how to tolerate or survive crises using these four techniques: distraction, self-soothing, improving the movement, and thinking of pros and cons.
Interpersonal Effectiveness—how to be assertive in a relationship (for example, expressing needs and saying “no") but still keeping that relationship positive and healthy.
Emotion Regulation—recognizing and coping with negative emotions (for example, anger) and reducing one’s emotional vulnerability by increasing positive emotional experiences.

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday:8am to 5pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Additionally, a 24-hour answering service is available seven days per week to respond to emergencies.

Locations

2100 Hemmeter Road
Saginaw, MI 48603
MAP
Phone (989) 799-2100
Fax (989) 799-2637


615 S. Euclid
Bay City, MI 48706
MAP
Phone (989) 439-1513
Fax (989) 439-1512


1000 N. Johnson
Bay City, MI 48708
MAP