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Butler Hospital

Women's Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program

Organization Butler Hospital
Location The Women’s DBT program is located on the first floor of the Partial Hospital in Butler’s Goddard Building.
Hours By appointment.
Contact Information For information, evaluation, and admission to the DBT Partial Hospital Program, contact  Ellen Costello, PhD, at (401) 455-6416.

This program is a day-hospital program that treats women who are chronically suicidal and who may meet the criteria for borderline personality disorder. The Women’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program combines individual therapy and group skills training to address the behavioral, emotional and cognitive patterns that underlie their problems in living.

The DBT program also treats women who are dealing with such problems and issues as:

  • Feeling suicidal much of the time.
  • Hurting themselves to change the way they feel.
  • Living chaotic, painful lives.
  • Remaining depressed despite good treatment.
  • Having spells of emotional “numbness” or dissociation.
  • Feeling painfully empty or confused about who they are.
  • Having fears of being abandoned.
  • Feeling out of control of their behavior.
  • Having trouble tolerating their emotions.
  • Having trouble staying sober.
  • Eating too much or too little.
  • Being unable to stop thinking about a traumatic painful past.
  • Having numerous psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Post traumatic stress syndrome.

Various treatment options include:

  • Medication prescribed by a psychiatrist.
  • Family education.
  • Five-day partial hospital program.
  • Individualized skills training for depression, anger management, anxiety and other problems during their partial hospital stay.

The multi-disciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and occupational therapists. They have considerable experience helping people and their families deal with these problems.

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