DBT For Men


Men's DBTRegister online and Learn about DBT Program Requirements

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is under-diagnosed disorder within the male population; men are more apt to be diagnosed with Anti-Social Personality Disorder. Unfortunately, a BPD diagnosis has been far more common for women than men.  The individual and group counseling services we provide help men identify the source of their struggles as well as learn self-awareness and self-acceptance to create a quality life.

This group, for adult men, is effective for adults who find it difficult to manage emotions, experience intense pain or anger, struggle to maintain relationships, fear rejection and abandonment, self injure, suicidal thoughts, feeling empty and self loathing.

Through individual therapy, skills groups and coaching, our DBT program helps participants learn to become more mindful of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors; regulate their emotions and become more resilient; manage distress and increase impulse control; improve relationships and self-respect; and balance acceptance and change.

Men's Group

  • Wednesdays: 6:00PM-7:30PM (virtual)
  • Next Group: TBA

Adult Group (for men & women)

  • Mondays: 6:00PM-7:30PM (in person)
  • Thursdays: 12:30-2:00PM (in person)

You can benefit from DBT, if:

  • You feel rejection, abandonment, or ambivalence
  • you have an explosive temperament
  • you seek novelty
  • you have substance abuse problems
  • you have problematic impulse related behaviors
  • you have been diagnosed with narcissistic, and/or intermittent explosive disorder
  • you find yourself feeling insecure, cannot trust others, and feel jealousy
  • you experience anxiety and depression
  • you experience self-loathing
  • you confuse sex with intimacy

You can expect to learn:

  • how to decrease life interfering behaviors
  • mindfulness skills
  • emotions regulations
  • distress tolerance
  • interpersonal effectiveness
  • how to do chain analysis, and validation skills.


The Men’s DBT Skills Group is 24 weeks. You may join the group at different intervals and stay until you have completed a 24-week period to learn all of the skills.  Typically individuals complete their first set of 24 weeks and stay to really begin to practice and fine tune the skills being taught.  

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-Danie Duron, MA, LPC, Lakeshore Clinical Director

"I love the balance of owning my own private practice, with the benefits of also being part of a collaborative team. We get to socialize, learn from, and brainstorm with a team of therapists who each bring something special to the table. Since this is an established practice, the details of billing, paperwork and finding referral sources are things I don’t need to worry about. Our support staff is wonderful. This is a black-owned, racially diverse therapy practice that meets the needs of our diverse clientele, which is immensely important in a diverse world. I love that AFBHS is an antiracist private practice. Lastly, this is a practice where we are invested in seeing each therapist grow a sustainable practice. In our meetings, we talk about what makes this work sustainable, we check in with one another, and we support one another. I have worked in a number of other practices over my career and have found that this is one of the most emotionally healthy places I have ever worked. I love it here. I think you might too." -Eric Nykamp, LMSW