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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