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DBT Columbia will accept provider and self-referrals. All inquiries and referrals for our DBT programs should be forwarded to:

DBT Columbia


Referral Line: (573) 340-3937

Someone will contact you within 3 business days to obtain more information regarding your referral.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and evidence-based treatment, was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help people who may have experienced one or more of the following:

    • Live chaotic and painful lives

    • Frequent suicidal thoughts

    • Are anxious much of the time

    • Feel emptiness and pain

    • Feel out of control of their behavior

    • Hurt themselves deliberately

    • Feel depressed a lot

    • Multiple hospitalizations and failed treatment experiences

Through this multi-component treatment program, people learn skills to

    • Stay in treatment

    • Reduce self-harming behaviors

    • Build a life worth living

    • Stay out of the hospital

    • Improve relationship skills

    • Decrease conflict

    • Improve family functioning

    • Reduce disordered substance use and eating behaviors

DBT is not for everyone. Please review the information on our website, or contact us to see if DBT might be right for you or a loved one.

Who We Are

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Columbia came together in July of 2012, after seeing an increasing need in the community for fully comprehensive DBT for both teens and adults. The team, formed by providers with varying levels of DBT experience, is acknowledged as a registered DBT program by the Missouri Department of Mental Health. DBT Columbia is a unique, fully comprehensive program located in Columbia, Missouri. The program consists of mental health providers from various disciplines and agencies in the community. As of July 2020, we offer a comprehensive model for adults (18 and over). Our clinicians may offer individual services for adolescents (13-17) on a case-by-case basis. Please visit "Our Program" and "Services" tabs to learn more about our offerings.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Crisis Resources

If you are feeling suicidal, and do not have a therapist currently in the DBT Program or need further support, please access one of these resources in our community. If this is an emergency, please call 911 or your local ER:


Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO): 314-644-KUTO (5886) or toll-free 1-888-644-5886

Rainbow Youth Hotline: 24 hours Missouri hotline for youth between ages 15 and 24 who are struggling with depression, suicide, sexual orientation, gender identity and other issues, as well as those who support them. 1-877-LGBT-YTH (1-877-542-8984)

The Trevor Helpline: 24 hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline for aimed at helping gay and questioning youth and young adults. 1-877-4U-TREVOR

Youth America Hotline: Peer to peer network that links to counseling hotlines in the area. 1-877-YOUTHLINE (968-8454)

All Ages

Mid-Missouri Crisis Line: 573-445-5035 or 800-445-5035

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Please also visit www.dmh.mo.gov for further resources