Services at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital  

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

DBT Skills Group

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that treats individuals who have difficulty regulating emotions and behaviors.

Our DBT skills group involves taking action and participating in changing one’s thoughts through the use of specific coping techniques and psycho-education. It has been proven to help people make positive and long-term behavior changes.

Goals of DBT skills group include:

  • Replacing problem behaviors with more adaptive ways of coping with distress 
  • Helping both adolescents and adults create a "life worth living.”

Our program is divided into four skills modules which include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness

Groups are available for adults and adolescents and take place at both our Scottsdale and Chandler locations.

Our Program

  • Mindfulness is designed to teach a person how to focus their mind and attention.
  • Distress tolerance is centered on accepting the current situation and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behaviors.
  • Emotion regulation skills include learning to identify and label current emotions, identifying obstacles to changing emotions, reducing emotional reactivity, increasing positive emotions and changing emotions.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills teach effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict.

We Can Help With:
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Impulse control
  • Depression and anxiety issues
  • Substance abuse or dependency
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Suicidal ideations/urges/attempts
  • Issues related to trauma, grief and/or loss
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Disordered eating
  • High-risk behaviors that interfere with their everyday lives.

Adult/Adolescent Groups:

Adults: Our structured DBT Skills Group meets for three hours, twice a week.

What to Expect:

Each group begins with a mindfulness exercise, a review of the worksheets assigned during the week and an introduction of new material. The focus of treatment is on what is relevant, current and practical on a week-to-week basis.

All four DBT skills modules are taught and coupled with creative therapy modalities to provide an extensive skills-building program that targets specific behaviors and teaches healthy skill sets to address problematic behaviors.


To learn more about the DBT Skills Groups or to sign up for an assessment, please contact the Banner Appointment Line at (602) 254-4357.

Banner Behavioral Health Hospital
7575 E. Earll Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

For general information, please call (480) 448-7500.

For appointments only, please call (602) 254-4357
or toll-free in Arizona at (800) 254-4357.
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