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DBT with Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with Prolonged Exposure (PE) is the only research-supported treatment for people with borderline personality disorder and PTSD or people with suicidal or self-harming behaviors and PTSD symptoms. DBT PE may be recommended if a person struggles with chronic patterns of emotion dysregulation and PTSD symptoms are currently the primary problem interfering with the person's quality of life. DBT PE consists of:

  • comprehensive outpatient DBT including:

    • weekly individual DBT

    • weekly DBT skills training group

  • weekly individual therapy using the PE protocol

Treatment requires an average of 16 sessions. There is flexibility for the format of individual therapy in this treatment, which can include either a once weekly 2 hour individual therapy session, or one 45 minute weekly DBT session and one 90 minute weekly DBT PE session.

DBT PE is a research-supported treatment for both adolescents and adults.

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