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

    8am to 8pm

    8am to 5pm

    By Appointment

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


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

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

    1000 N. Johnson
    Bay City, MI 48708
    Phone (989)895-8666
    Fax (989)778-3317

    5912 Eastman Avenue
    Midland, MI 48640
    Phone (989)799-2100
    Fax (989)799-2637