Psychological Services Center The Ohio State University

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic

The DBT clinic will not be accepting new clients before September 2015 and is not recruiting clients at this time.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, combines cognitive-behavioral change techniques with techniques from mindfulness interventions that are designed to increase emotional regulation and self-acceptance. DBT skills can be divided into four areas: emotional self-regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindful awareness, and distress tolerance. DBT has been found effective in treating clients with a variety of symptoms, including mood disorders, self-injury, and borderline personality disorder. In the OSU Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Clinic, we see a variety of clients with difficulties regulating emotions. A diagnosis of borderline personality disorder is not a requirement for treatment.

Treatment in the OSU Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Clinic includes both individual and group skills training sessions. Individual sessions are typically conducted once a week, and last 50 minutes. Groups meet each Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Group skills training is structured more like a class (with handouts and notes) than a traditional psychotherapy process group. OSU DBT clients may receive individual, group, or a combination of individual and group treatments at the clinic. For those interested in only group skills training, please note that an individual provider (i.e., psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, social worker, etc.) in the community is a requirement for services.

All of the services offered at the PSC are free and available to all adults in the Columbus area. We do not participate in any insurance panels and we never charge for any of our services. All services offered are administered by Clinical Psychology doctoral students, who are supervised by a licensed psychologist on faculty in the psychology department.

The DBT individual and group sessions both occur at the OSU Psychological Services Center, at 1835 Neil Avenue on the OSU campus. (Click here for directions)

If you would like to learn more, please contact us at 614-292-2059.


1835 Neil Avenue
105 Psychology Building
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614-292-2345
Fax: 614-292-4537