Comprehensive DBT Program in San Jose

Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT Program in San Jose


Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a full-fidelity program that is conducted by an intensively trained DBT Therapist. Our standard DBT program is available for adults 18 years old and older. The program is co-ed and lasts approximately six months to one year and includes weekly individual DBT Psychotherapy, a DBT skills training group (90min), as- needed phone coaching, and the therapist’s participation on a consultation team of other DBT therapists.

Individual DBT Psychotherapy: Through a combination of dialectical, validation, and problem-solving strategies, individual therapy helps clients to reduce maladaptive, mood-dependent behaviors and replace them with more skillful responses.

DBT Skills Training: A skills training group combines lecture, discussion and practice exercises to develop and refine skills in non-judgmental, present moment awareness and acceptance, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and problem-solving.

San Jose DBT Skills Training:

Core Mindfulness – being present and non-judgmentally aware in the moment, Thinking and Acting Dialectically, Validation of self and others, and behavioral Principals. Mindfulness is the core skill in DBT. It is the foundational skill in all the modules and is taught alongside skills for analyzing behavior at the beginning of every module. Formerly, Mindfulness was taught as its own module but we now teach our skills group from Marsha Linehan’s newest and most current skills training manual and we follow the exact schedule she uses in her research setting at the University of Washington.

Training Modules ( 8 weeks long including 2 weeks of Mindfulness):

Interpersonal Effectiveness( 8 weeks long including 2 weeks of Mindfulness): – relating skillfully with others.

Emotion Regulation( 8 weeks long including 2 weeks of Mindfulness): learning to skillfully use or change emotions.

Distress Tolerance – managing difficult feelings without acting impulsively.

Telephone Coaching: Phone coaching is designed to promote skills use where it matters most — in the real world. Coaching can be especially helpful to clients when they find themselves in difficult situations and need assistance in putting the skills to work.

Consultation Group: Melinda participates in a DBT consultation group with other DBT practitioners. The consultation team provides a weekly forum to help therapists’ problem-solve difficulties that interfere with clients’ progress in treatment, and helps keep the therapist working within a dialectical framework.

Getting Started: Because of the personal dedication, sacrifice and effort required to successfully complete San Jose DBT’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, applicants are required to complete an individual DBT Orientation and Commitment session as part of the assessment process.

DBT pre-treatment requirements:

  • Initial intake interview and up to 4 sessions to determine eligibility and readiness for
  • DBT Skills Training
  • Agreements with the individual DBT Psychotherapist and DBT Skills Group Leader (if different)
  • Signed release to exchange information with client’s psychiatrist and other treatment team members


Includes weekly Individual DBT Psychotherapy and weekly DBT Skills Training Class. Each Skills Training Module is 8 weeks in duration. Tuition Payment for each skills training module is made at the beginning of the skills module. Checks, Cash, and major credit cards accepted.  Your payment purchases your seat in the class. Please call (408) 893-4032 for current group fees.

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