ADULT DBT: Our adult DBT program is for individuals 18 years and older. A treatment program will be tailored to your specific needs, which may include the following components:

  • Individual therapy (typically on a weekly basis)
  • Skills training (typically a weekly class)
  • Between-session consultation with your therapist
  • Therapist consultation team

ADOLESCENT AND FAMILY DBT: Our adolescent and family DBT program is for individuals ages 13-18. Again, the program will be tailored to your specific needs, but may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family meetings as needed
  • Skills training class with the teen and at least one, up to two, adults from the adolescent’s home
  • Between-session consultation with your therapist
  • Therapist consultation team
  • Behavioral parent training

DBT FOR OVER-CONTROL: Tom Lynch, PhD, has developed a treatment that uses DBT principles to address problems of over-control. Many of our clients experience problems of under-control, meaning they come to treatment to learn to control behaviors, emotions, thoughts, etc. There are equally distressing problems when one controls too much, including chronic low mood and intense loneliness. This program offers a skills training program, including several new and recently released skills, aimed at helping these individuals reduce their need for control, enhancing flexibility and interpersonal connection.

DBT SKILLS CLASSES: Our skills classes use the latest updates from Dr. Linehan’s lab, including skills from her 2014 skills book:

Mindfulness: learning how to create moment to moment awareness

Interpersonal effectiveness: getting what you want while maintaining good relationships with others, as well as maintaining your own self respect

Emotion regulation: learning how to change unpleasant or painful feelings

Distress tolerance: ways of surviving a crisis without making it worse

Radical openness: skills for over control, offered in our DBT for Over-Control class; These skills focus on helping one be more open, flexible, and interpersonally connected



Outcomes monitoring

It is very important to our providers to offer treatments that actually help you. For that reason, we monitor your goals and treatment targets, to be sure you are benefitting from our services. We do so by collecting weekly and quarterly information, including “diary cards” (logs you will keep, tailored to you) and questionnaires.

Our team

The DBT Center at EBTCS was founded in 2002. We have a team of very dedicated therapists, recruited specifically for their training, level of experience, and most importantly, their compassion and dedication to their clients and to DBT. We believe that compassion and expertise are both essential in helping to alleviate suffering caused by chronic and difficult problems. Our team meets weekly, with the purpose of supporting each other and ensuring each therapist is delivering the best care possible. Many of our team members were trained by Dr. Marsha Linehan, who developed DBT, and we have an ongoing relationship with her research lab and other leading experts in the field.

Our director

jennJennifer Sayrs, PhD, ABPP, is a co-founder of EBTCS. She was training director for 7 years before becoming director of our DBT Center. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Linehan, and has been a research therapist, supervisor, and adherence coder on several research trials on DBT. She trains therapists in DBT around the world. She is board certified in CBT, and is active with the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, a specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychologists whose mission is to increase consumer protection by certifying psychologists who demonstrate competence in CBT.