790 Cleveland Ave S. #207 St. Paul, MN 55116
651/690-0953 fax 651/690-0968

Highland Park Counseling Associates LLC is a credentialed DBT provider by Minnesota's State Department of Human Services. Click here to view these credentialed programs. All Skills Training Classes are outpatient weekly, 2 hour groups held in the office group room or the Conference Room down the hall.

What is DBT?
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a psychological method to treat persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance. DBT is the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be effective for treating BPD. DBT is also effective in treating patients with symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders.

Adult DBT (8-10 adults)
Monday 5:00pm-7:00pm Coed: Facilitated by Terri Ulschmid MA, LPCC and Kate Jergenson MSW, LGSW
Tuesday 4:15pm-6:15pm Women only: Facilitated by Jodie Holzman LICSW and Rosalie Harmer MA, LP
Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm Coed: Facilitated by Shelley Sears Berven
Friday 10:00am-12:00noon Coed: Facilitated by Jodie Holzman MSW, LICSW and Kathrine Brathen MA, LP
DBT Aftercare - Wednesday 5:00pm-6:15pm Coed: Facilitated by Jacqueline Stratton LICSW. Aftercare is for those who have completed DBT Skills Training Group.  Many people need to continue to use skills and keep them front and center.  Aftercare focuses on on-going skills usage, self-invalidation, problem-solving, advanced Emotion Regulation, and on-going Mindfulness practice.

Adolescent DBT (with a parent)
Wednesdays 4:30pm-6:30pm Coed, parents included: Facilitated by Jodie Holzman LICSW and Ruth Spiegel LMFT

We provide DBT services under contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Partners, Preferred One, and Medica.

How we run our DBT Program
Skills Training Classes: Very traditional DBT skill training meeting structure, using lecture/teaching,  Diary Cards, Target Behaviors (TB), skill commitments and follow up discussion of skills. We limit and stop process-based discussions and refer those to individual therapy. We present and review the concept of Chain Analysis in group once per module and encourage it for clients who are not our individual clients and require it for clients who are our individual clients.
Coaching Calls: Each client is to first contact their individual DBT therapist for coaching. If that person is not available, the DBT Coaching line, staffed by the members of our DBT Case Consultation Team, is available 8pm to 8am every work day Monday through Friday, and all hours of the weekends. That number will be made available to clients as they join our DBT program. This service is only available to our active DBT clients in Individual DBT Therapy and Skills Training Groups.
Individual Therapy: All Indiviudual DBT Therapists provide individual DBT therapy with identified Target Behaviors, as well as secondary behaviors and Chain Analysis.  We also assist clients in identifying Target Behaviors, then personalizing the basic Diary Card to track them (i.e. if chemical usage is not a problem, but overspending is a problem, tracking the spending as one would the chemical usage).
Adolescent DBT: This is conducted by Ruth Spiegel LMFT and Jodie Holzman LICSW. We use the curriculum developed by Alex Miller. One or both parents attend with the adolescents. We take only 6-8 adolescents and their parents at a time. Ruth Spiegel, Jacqueline Stratton, and Jodie Holzman also provide family therapy with a DBT perspective to our families in the Adolescent DBT program.
Consultation and Up-to-date training: Our entire team consults within our group and with others who provide DBT services in a formal Case Consultation meeting weekly. Our therapists regularly participate in DBT training with the Behavioral Tech group based out of Seattle Washington. All therapists are DBT Intensively trained. Our program is in the process of applying for the new Minnesota DHS DBT Credential.