Psychological Services Center The Ohio State University

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic


The DBT clinic is currently on hiatus.
We are not accepting any new clients until at least August 2018

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, combines cognitive-behavioral change techniques with techniques from mindfulness interventions that are designed to increase emotional regulation and self-acceptance. DBT skills can be divided into four areas: emotional self-regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindful awareness, and distress tolerance. DBT has been found effective in treating clients with a variety of symptoms, including mood disorders, self-injury, and borderline personality disorder. In the OSU Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Clinic, we see a variety of clients with difficulties regulating emotions. A diagnosis of borderline personality disorder is not a requirement for treatment.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment that includes both individual and group skills training sessions, and this clinic offers both. All clients in the OSU DBT clinic are asked to commit to both individual and group treatment for at least six months. Individual sessions are typically conducted once a week, and last 50 minutes. Groups meet each Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Group skills training is structured more like a class (with handouts and notes) than a traditional psychotherapy process group. Clients who are unable to attend our group training sessions due to scheduling conflicts are sometimes able to participate in our clinic. However, participation in a DBT group with another provider (i.e., psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, social worker, etc.) in the community is a requirement for services. Additionally, individuals who participate in individual DBT with another provider are welcome to participate in our treatment groups, as long as there are openings available after our individual therapy clients are accounted for.

All of the services offered at the PSC are free and available to all adults in the Columbus area. We do not participate in any insurance panels and we never charge for any of our services. All services offered are administered by Clinical Psychology doctoral students, who are supervised by a licensed psychologist on faculty in the psychology department.

The DBT individual and group sessions both occur at the OSU Psychological Services Center, at 1835 Neil Avenue on the OSU campus.

If you would like to learn more, please contact us at 614-292-2345.