Wise Minds

wise-minds-useWise Minds uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an empirically-supported model of treatment that utilizes some of the skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and incorporates methodologies from various other practices, including Eastern mindfulness techniques. The overall goal of DBT is to help individuals learn to regulate their emotions in healthier ways. To accomplish this, they are taught how to effectively communicate their needs, express and manage distress, and think about situations in new ways.


Wise Minds Services

  • Individual Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Groups

  • Professional Development


Wise Minds FAQs

DBT has been proven effective for a host of behaviors that may be the result of emotional dysregulation, including cutting and other forms of self- injurious behaviors, impulse control difficulties, disruptive behaviors, and eating disorders, to name a few.
It can be challenging to maintain a healthy relationship with someone who experiences difficulties managing their emotions.  However, it is also common that those who experience these difficulties are often in a great deal of pain.  Presenting the idea of DBT group participation as a data driven and empirically validated program that has been demonstrated to help decrease suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, intense and often painful emotions, and difficulties managing interpersonal relationships often results in feelings of hope.
Participation in skills groups for parents is required for the Pre-Teen Coping and Adolescent DBT groups. While both parents are not required to attend group, we have found that if both parents play a role in care-giving, they have both expressed benefit from attending group.  As parental involvement often provides a shared language, more consistent skills implementation, and a positive shift in overall family dynamics, we encourage both parents to participate, if possible.  We have many parents who attend as a couple, or parents who alternate in attendance, if that is a better fit for the family schedule.  We also have some divorced or separated parents attend group, if there are shared care-giving responsibilities.  There is no additional cost for attendance by both parents.
Most of our DBT groups are skills based; as a result, group time is spent focusing on skill development rather than processing daily events or current concerns. Consequently, we ask that participants be in individual therapy in order to have a space in which they can gain support around daily concerns and review skills utilization as well.  While we do require that clients be in ongoing individual therapy, it does not need to be weekly, nor does the individual therapist need to be a clinician at Southeast Psych.
The Adolescent DBT (13-18) program at the Blakeney office meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7:30.
The Adolescent DBT (13-18) program at the SouthPark office meets on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:15.
The Adolescent DBT (13-18) program at the SouthPark office meets on Thursdays from 6:00-7:15.
The Coping Skills for Pre-Teens (10-13) at the Blakeney office meets on Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45.
The Advanced DBT for Adolescents (13-18) at the Southpark office meets on Thursdays from 5:00-6:15.
The Young Adult DBT (18-29) at the Southpark office meets on Thursdays from 5:00-5:45
The Adult DBT (30+) at the Southpark office meets on Mondays from 6:00-7:15

Our Team

Kristin Daley, Ph.D.
Rachel Kitson, Ph.D.
Heidi Limbrunner, Psy.D., ABPP
Amanda McGough, Ph.D.
Heather Wright, Psy.D.
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