What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment designed specifically for trauma-based individuals with self-harm behaviors, suicide attempts, or co-occurring disorders. It is not unusual for trauma-based individuals to also struggle with other problems like depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems. DBT is a modification of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT is an “empirically-supported treatment” with increasing research in clinical trials, just as new medications are researched to determine whether they cause an effective result.

As the Village accepts many clients suffering from trauma who might not be fully ready to participate in the structure of DBT, due to intrusive trauma symptoms (e.g. flashbacks, nightmares, poor concentration, etc), we offer the therapeutic option of Trauma-focused DBT. With Trauma-focused DBT, the client is provided with skills and resources from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ in order to maximize the benefits of comprehensive DBT.

See below as we simply define the four DBT skills which you will be able to acquire in your journey of healing at the Village of Kairos.


The practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment.

Emotional Regulation

The ability to change the emotions that you want to change.

Distress Tolerance

The ability to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not to change it.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Knowing how to ask for what you want, and knowing when to say no – all while maintaining respect within your relationships.