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The Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program

For adults with Co-Occurring Eating Disorders & Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) 

The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program at The Center for Eating Disorders has been developed to treat individuals on an outpatient basis who require an intensive team approach focused on the cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. The goal of the intensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program is to enhance the healing and clinical management of individuals currently diagnosed with both an eating disorder and borderline personality disorder (BPD). For a subgroup of patients with eating disorders who have also been diagnosed with BPD, the struggle to recover may present as a chronic state of unrelenting crisis and distress.  As you can imagine, chronic stress complicates and interferes with one’s ability to utilize and benefit from standard eating disorder treatments. That’s why our outpatient DBT program is designed to provide a high level of structure and support with a focus on proven strategies for treatment resistant aspects of BPD to support overall recovery and healing.

Why DBT?

DBT is an evidence-based treatment that is considered to be the gold standard for BPD and its associated characteristics including impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal problems, self-harm, and suicidality. Recently, researchers and clinicians have found DBT to be effective in managing a variety of difficulties, extending its utility beyond BPD. In this regard, DBT has been shown to:

  • lessen suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury
  • reduce psychiatric hospitalizations
  • decrease substance use
  • decrease anger, depression, and anxiety
  • improve general life functioning

In addition to the benefits listed above, it is believed that DBT may be specifically beneficial for patients with bulimia, binge eating disorder and co-morbid personality disorders. You can read about the four modules of DBT here.

DBT Program Components:

  • 12-month treatment plan duration
  • individual sessions with a specially trained DBT Therapist – 1x per week
  • DBT skills training group – 1x per week
  • phone coaching – as needed (available 9-5 PM weekdays)
  • art therapy – 6 individual sessions total
  • psychiatric medication management – weekly

How do I find out more?

The Intensive DBT program is open to a limited number of adult patients who meet a specific set of diagnostic criteria and are willing to commit to all aspects of the program for the twelve-month time period. To inquire about participation and discuss insurance coverage, please contact our admissions department at 410-938-5252. If you are a referring physician or therapist with questions about the Intensive DBT program, please contact Dr. Kimberly Anderson, Director of Psychology at CED. 

Meet the Outpatient DBT Team:

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Andrea Castelhano, Psy.D., DBT Program Coordinator
Lori Schwartz, M.D.
Irene Rovira, PhD
Kristen Norris, LCPC
Craig Boas, LCSW-C
Morgan Krumiech, Psy.D
Beth Frederick, Psy.D.
Jennifer Moran, Psy.D.
Hanna Palmer, LCSW-C
Kat Amarando, Ph.D.
Katie Landry, LCSW-C
Brianna Garrold, LCPC, ATR-BC

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