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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Its primary objective is to teach behavioral skills that help patients tolerate stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. DBT is derived, in part, from a philosophical process in which seemingly contradictory facts or ideas are weighed against each other to come up with a resolution or balance.

As a comprehensive treatment, DBT improves destructive behaviors and increases motivation to change by modifying inhibitions and providing positive reinforcement. In standard DBT, different types of psychosocial therapy, including individual psychotherapy and group skills training, are used.

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment to those whose problems include suicide attempts, self-injury, emotional instability, and impaired work or school performance. Frequently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, these individuals may also have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or they may engage in behaviors that damage the overall quality of their lives.

Levels of Care

Westchester Division Outpatient Services for those with moderate difficulties provide individual and group psychotherapy, family support, medication consultation, and pharmacotherapy. Patients meet twice weekly with a DBT therapist for an individual session and a DBT skills group. Medication management sessions are scheduled on an as needed basis.

The Program

  • Psychiatric coverage 24-hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Multidisciplinary treatment teams
  • Assessments of personality and behavioral patterns
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Coping skills groups
  • Medication education and pharmacotherapy


The program accepts individuals between the ages of 18-55 with a primary diagnosis of an Axis II Personality Disorder.

Treatment Team

Multidisciplinary teams are uniquely trained to offer both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy across all levels of care.


A free hospital shuttle bus provides transportation from downtown White Plains to the hospital. Some patients may qualify for limited van or taxi service from their place of residence.

Financial Information

Managed care plans, other insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and private pay are accepted.

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Find A Physician

For Hospital Based Services including inpatient admission contact NewYork-Presbyterian ACCESS service at 888-694-5700

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center ​Payne Whitney Clinic 525 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065

Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road White Plains, NY 10605