Who We Treat

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
— Pema Chodron

Who is right for DBT?

If you or your child experience any of the following you may be a good fit for DBT:

  • Frequently changing up-and-down extreme emotions

  • Problems with anger

  • Chaotic relationships

  • Fears of abandonment

  • Difficulties with sense of self

  • Feeling empty

  • Self-harm behaviors

  • Impulsive behaviors

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Suicide attempts

  • Recurrent hospitalizations

  • Extensive history of treatment or treatment failures

  • Disordered eating behaviors

  • Substance use

  • School refusal

  • Avoidance

  • Isolation

  • Trauma

  • Physical aggression

  • Temper tantrums

  • Failure to launch

  • Dissociation

  • Pervasive shame

Chicago DBT® accepts patients from age 12 and up. DBT has been evaluated and found to be effective among individuals from diverse backgrounds in terms of age, gender, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity.


  • Adolescents (ages 12-18 years)

  • Young Adults (ages 18-25 years)

  • Adults (ages 25-60 years)

  • Older Adults (ages 60+ years)

Are you ready for treatment?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values

  • Finding healthy and effective coping skills

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships instead of damaging them

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy

  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Learning how to get off of the emotional roller coaster

  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communication and listening skills

  • Changing old, destructive behavior patterns and developing new, healthy ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family, relationships or marriage

  • Improving your self-efficacy and boosting self-competence

  • Develop a life worth living


If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.
— Buddha

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