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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Women's Partial Hospital Program
The Women's Partial Hospital Program at Butler Hospital helps women manage depression, anxiety, substance abuse, problematic behaviors and other psychiatric disorders. In the program, you will learn dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which helps manage suicidal thoughts, self-injurious behavior, and feelings that are overwhelming to you. The program runs Monday through Friday starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

With a focus on practical problem-solving, the Women's Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program teaches the skills needed to cope and effectively manage challenging relationships, situations, thoughts, and feelings. In an effort to change a very painful state of mind as a result of these challenges, you may be engaging in a variety of behaviors, such as self-injury, binge eating, reckless driving, compulsive cleaning, etc. A second focus of DBT is on validation, a powerful tool whereby you, with the help of your treatment team, work on accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors rather than struggling with them. Through this process the idea of change no longer appears impossible.

Program Highlights

The Women's DBT Partial Hospital Program provides group education sessions and individual therapy. Group sessions are helpful in learning new coping skills. Individual sessions with a therapist are an opportunity to talk about how you can apply those skills to your own personal life and situations. Medication management and aftercare planning are also provided.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is designed to help you overcome many health concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Feeling suicidal much of the time.
  • Hurting yourself to change the way you feel.
  • Living a chaotic, painful life.
  • Remaining depressed despite treatment.
  • Experiencing spells of emotional "numbness."
  • Feeling painfully empty.
  • Experiencing fears of being abandoned.
  • Trouble tolerating emotions.
  • Eating too much or too little.
  • Being unable to stop thinking about a traumatic painful past.
  • Having numerous psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Painful relationships.

Family Involvement
The involvement of your family and others who play a significant role in your life is sometimes important to the success of your recovery. Family and couples sessions are arranged as needed. No contact will be made with your family or others without your consent, except in the case of an emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program.


Contact Us

Women's DBT Program
1st Floor Goddard Building
345 Blackstone Boulevard
Providence, RI 02906

DBT Program Admissions/Evaluations:
(401) 455-6223

Note: The admissions office is located in Blumer Building. Follow campus signs to Partial Hospital/Parking Lot C. Use Partial Hospital entrance at Goddard Building and follow signs to Blumer.

DBT Program: (401) 455-6224

Patients can self-refer to the program. Clinicians referring patients, please complete and fax the Ambulatory Referral Form.
Fax: (401) 455-6222

PHP Admissions Office Hours:
M-F, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Unit Chief: Paul Lieberman, MD
Director: Ellen Costello, PhD

  Meet Our Team
Our team is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of clinical specialists working together to improve your health and well-being.
  Information for Clinicians
A guide for clinicians to the Women's Dialectical Behavior Therapy 
Program Treatment approach.
  More Partial Hospital Programs
The Partial Hospital/Day Hospital Programs at Butler combines comprehensive treatment with a patient’s life at home and in the community.

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