Center for Behavioral Medicine

The Center for Behavioral Medicine is a private-practice mental health clinic that specializes in providing comprehensive and state-of-the-art Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, or clients with many symptoms common to Borderline Personality Disorder. There are also services for patients with anxiety disorders, patients wanting couples therapy, and family skills training which provides tools for individuals coping with chronic mental illness in a loved one. Students at this placement get experience in understanding the theoretical background behind DBT. Students gain experience by observing and providing individual therapy, co-facilitating group skills training, and conducting diagnostic assessment, and also provide on-call consultation. Usually practicum students have 2-3 individual clients and co-facilitate 1-2 groups. There are also opportunities to co-facilitate a skills training group for family members of individuals with emotion dysregulation difficulties (primarily with a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis). CBM collects data on its patients, and development of research presentations about DBT and emotion dysregulation is welcome and encouraged. The practicum requires a 1-year commitment, usually starting in May, and has ample supervision.