Background and Benefits to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Crossroads recently started a new Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group at its Greater Portland Counseling Center. Read on to know more about our DBT Maine based.

DBT is an evidenced-based approach that offers an array of cognitive behavioral strategies to help individuals learn to better manage their emotions, behaviors, relationships and life challenges while developing a stronger connection to the world they live in. Our DBT group focuses on developing skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

According to Assistant Clinical Director Dr. Mary Anne Roy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy is effective in treating individuals who may have:

  • Various mood disorders
  • History of trauma
  • Challenges with chemical dependency
  • Problems with self-esteem, relationships, acceptance and regulating one’s emotions

DBT is a good option to consider if you are looking to improve the quality of your life and interpersonal skills.  

DBT is beneficial, as it helps people learn to:

  • Tolerate intense emotions and challenging situations skillfully
  • Take action in positive ways while also developing a greater ability to remain open-minded

By participating in a DBT group, one will develop the skill of learning to set and maintain healthy boundaries and develop greater self-respect.

More on our DBT group for women (now offered in Kennebunk too!):

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group

When: Thursdays, 10:00am – 11:30am
Who: Women
Counselor: Beata A. Wiktor, LCPC, Psy.D.
Where | FMI:
Greater Portland Counseling Center
71 US Route 1, Suite E, Scarborough, Maine
207.773.9931 or email
Directions to Greater Portland Counseling Center

When: Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Who: Women
Counselor: Kristina Halliday, LCSW
Where | FMI:
Kennebunk Counseling Center
2 Livewell Drive, Suite 202, Kennebunk
207.467.3369 or email
Directions to Kennebunk Counseling Center

See all of our current therapy group offerings or meet our outpatient counselors