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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) gives you cognitive and behavioral tools to change problematic behaviors and thoughts, and teaches you skills for improving your life and relationships. The research-based skills taught in DBT are especially useful if you are experiencing serious challenges, including: 

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic thoughts of suicide
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders 
  • Self-harming behaviors 
  • Substance abuse
  • Violence

Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her colleagues at the University of Washington and other major institutions throughout the country, DBT has considerable research supporting its effectiveness with chronic suicidality, self-harm and other behaviors related to intense and painful emotion. 

Michael Maslar, Psy.D., who trained under Dr. Linehan, and his team of DBT therapists offer a combination of work with an individual DBT therapist, weekly skills training groups and as-needed between session phone contact for additional assistance. This combination of services helps people who struggle with major life problems learn new behaviors to help them feel better and ultimately do better in life.

We currently offer specialized DBT programming for adults: 

  • Our adult skills training groups run on Monday and Wednesday evenings at our downtown Chicago office, which is located at 8 S. Michigan Ave., with an advanced skills group on Thursday evenings at the same location.
  • Individual DBT therapists are available at most of our locations. We also offer modifications of our DBT program for family members who want help coping with loved ones who have difficulties with intense emotionality.

To schedule a consultation, please call 847-733-4300, ext. 604.

Radically Open DBT 

If you experience life problems related to excessive self control, Radically Open DBT (RO DBT) offers an evidence-based treatment approach that differs from standard DBT treatment. RO DBT can help people with a range of issues, including:

  • Treatment resistant depression
  • Treatment resistant anxiety
  • Treatment resistant social anxiety
  • Anorexia
  • High functioning autism
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders

The RO DBT approach helps people achieve greater open mindedness, flexibility of action and social connection. With RO DBT, you will learn skills to change basic neurophysiological states that lead to rigid ways of thinking and acting. You will also develop skills to become more social and more open.

Greater receptivity and openness allows you to learn more effectively from experience. More flexible control enables you to adapt to life's changing circumstances. Greater social connection affords you the chance to live more fully and deeply.