DBT-U: Dialectical Behavior Therapy for University Students



Teaching DBT skills to university-aged clients

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches in helping individuals discover more options, outlets, and choices for their lives. Dr. Marsha Linehan developed DBT for individuals with strong behavioral urges and its techniques have proven effective for anyone who can benefit from improved emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Since DBT skills increase with regular practice, participants are asked to commit to attending each skills training group and are required to be in individual therapy at the same time.

DBT-U is a specially designed skills group for college students with their needs and learning style in mind. The foremost goal for each group participant is to become more aware of themselves as an agent for change and self-acceptance. Secondly, we work on skills that will help you realize your goals effectively. Finally, the strength of DBT is in learning to validate your experience while also learning skills that improve your ability to participate in school and work, tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and maintain successful relationships. 

Our Groups

Durham Group

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 12:30 PM-2:00

Location: 1411 Broad Street 

Durham, NC 27705

Cost: $70

In-Network Insurance: Duke Student Insurance

Contact: 919.475.4136; marthagolden@gmail.com

Facilitators: Dr. Martha Golden & Dr. Sammy Banawan

Chapel Hill/Carrboro Groups

Meeting Time: Thursday, 5:00 PM-6:30

Location: Chapel Hill.

Cost: $60 with low fee available.

In-Network Insurance: None.

Contact: 919.929.1227 (Ask for Paige); hrc-pa.com.

Facilitators: Meggan Moorhead, EdD, & Mareah C. Steketee, PhD

Meeting Time: Monday, 12 PM-1:35.

Location: Chapel Hill.

Cost: $60 with low fee available. In-Network Insurance: 

None. Contact: 919.929.1227 (Ask for Paige); hrc-pa.com.

Facilitators: Mareah C. Steketee, PhD, & Elizabeth McElhinny Hayden, LCSW.

Raleigh Group

Meeting Time: Monday, 3:00 PM-4:30.

Location: Raleigh.

Cost: $60. In-Network Insurance: None.

Contact: Katherine M. Dryden, Ph.D. (919) 990-1745; www.gmhpsych.com.

Facilitators: Katherine M. Dryden, Ph.D., & Biancamaria Penati, Ph.D. 


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