Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
— Maya Angelou

Chicago DBT Institute™, a Center for Mindfulness and Behavior Therapy, is a specialty outpatient treatment center located on the North Shore of Chicago providing Linehan Board Certified comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Our treatment Team is made up entirely of Doctoral-level clinicians highly trained and experienced in DBT and other evidence-based adjunct treatments.

Our program serves teens and adults by providing evidence-based treatment for disorders of emotion regulation. Presentations of these disorders can vary with symptoms including: depression, anxiety, acting out behaviors, constant conflict in relationships, emotional instability, impulsivity, self-harm, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, school refusal, eating disorders, substance abuse, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Our ultimate goal is to teach patients how to recognize and face their emotions skillfully, therefore, empowering them with lasting skills to relieve their symptoms while they pursue a life worth living. We require patients in our programs to participate in weekly individual therapy sessions, weekly group skills training for at least 24 weeks, and phone coaching on an as needed basis. Parents of patients in our programs are provided the opportunity to learn skills, receive support (including phone coaching), and improve the quality of their relationship with the patient. Overall, we believe that life can be meaningful for all, even in the midst of immense pain and suffering, and we trust that everyone has the ability to make life-altering change.

Acceptance does not mean inaction. We may need to respond, strongly at times...From a peaceful center we can respond instead of react. Unconscious reactions create problems. Considered responses bring peace. With a peaceful heart whatever happens can be met with wisdom...Peace is not weak; it is unshakable.
— Jack Kornfield