Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies

The Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program (MBTP) at the Family Institute offers an array of therapies that integrate mindfulness practice and principles from behavioral psychology. Mindfulness practices are useful for increasing a person’s ability to have deeper, more accurate, more accepting, and more compassionate awareness of self and others. Behavioral therapies aim to provide practical, skills-based solutions for coping with a multitude of life problems. Together, these two approaches can offer help to individuals, families, and couples struggling to cope with intense emotions, impulsive or difficult-to-control behaviors, anxiety, depression, and many other problems. At the same time, these approaches can help those who do not have significant problems to strengthen and deepen their relationships to themselves, their loved ones, and others.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

For serious problems such as chronic thoughts of suicide, self-harming behaviors, and other major problems like substance abuse, eating disorders, and violence, the MBTP offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her colleagues at the University of Washington and other major institutions throughout the country, DBT has considerable research supporting its effectiveness with chronic suicidality, self-harm, and other behaviors related to intense and painful emotion. Through a combination of work with an individual DBT therapist, weekly skills training groups, and as-needed between  session phone contact for additional assistance, people struggling with these major problems learn new behaviors that help them to feel better and do better in life.

We currently offer specialized DBT programming for adolescents with their families, and adults. Our adult skills training group runs on Wednesday evenings at our downtown office, which is located at 8 South Michigan Avenue. Our adolescent skills training group is for teens aged 14 to 18 years. This group runs on Wednesday evenings in our Evanston office, which is located at 618 Library Place. Individual DBT therapists are available at most of our locations. Modifications of our DBT program are available for family members who want help coping with loved ones who have difficulties with intense emotionality.

If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call 847-733-4300, ext. 477.