Clinical Services at PDBTI

Drawing on two decades of research, we offer diverse programs for clients from early teens to older adults. The Portland DBT Institute has multiple tracks to meet individual needs.  At your first meeting, your primary clinician will assess concerns, orient you to the programs, and help you decide what treatment goals would be most relevant.

We offer services adherent to the full fidelity DBT model including individual and group therapy, and 24/7 phone consultation for the client. Please see the table below for a visual guide to the adult and teen programs offered at PDBTI.

  Program Components
Program Type Duration Individual Therapy Skills Training Group Phone Coaching Other Services
Adult Programs (18+)
Standard Adult Full Program 1 year Weekly 50-minute individual therapy

Weekly 2-hour skills training

Specialized skills groups are available for substance abuse, PTSD, and eating disorders.

24/7, through individual therapist As needed: medication management and nutrition support
Young Adult Full Program 1 year Weekly 50-minute individual therapy

Weekly 90-minute skills training

Optional parent group

24/7, through individual therapist As needed: medication management and nutrition support
Adult Enhanced Skills Training (EST)

6 month rotations

Monthly 30-minute check-in

Twice a week, 60-minute skills training

Specialized skills groups are available for substance abuse and eating disorders.

N/A As needed: medication management and nutrition support
Standard Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 8 weeks
(2 months)
Weekly 50-minute individual therapy

Three times per week, 2-hour skills training

Groups go from 12:00pm-3:00pm, 4 days/week, see our NEW IOPs webpage for more program information.

24/7, through individual therapist As needed: medication management and nutrition support
Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 12 weeks
(3 months)
Weekly 50-minute individual therapy

Twice a week, 90-minute skills training

Groups go from 8:00am-12:00pm, 5 days/week, see our ED-IOP webpage for more information.

24/7, through individual therapist

Built-in medication management and nutrition support

Program Type Duration Individual Therapy Skills Training Group Phone Coaching Other Services
Teen Programs (ages 13-18) 
Teen and Family Full Program 24 weeks
(6 months)
Weekly 50-minute individual therapy for the teen

Weekly 90-minute teen skills training

Weekly 90-minute parent skills training

24/7, through individual therapist Monthly family check-ins, in addition to as needed medication management and nutrition support
Teen Enhanced Skills Training (EST) 6 month rotations Monthly 30-minute check-in Twice a week, 60-minute skills training N/A As needed: medication management and nutrition support
Teen and Family Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 8 weeks
(2 months)
Weekly 50-minute individual therapy

Twice a week, 2-hour skills training

Groups go from 4:00pm-7:00pm, 3 days/week, see our NEW IOPs webpage for more information.

24/7, through individual therapist As needed: medication management and nutrition support