Accelerated DBT Program

The Columbia Accelerated Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program provides group-based comprehensive DBT treatment over several evenings each week for adults who struggle with severe emotion dysregulation and destructive behaviors. DBT is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT has been shown to improve issues related to emotional reactivity and sensitivity that leads to various problematic behavior patterns and interpersonal difficulties. 

Through the utilization of a DBT approach, our program is designed to help adults develop the skills needed to tolerate distress, regulate emotions, improve interpersonal interactions, and increase awareness of and ability to engage in the present moment in order to build a life they experience as worth living. Our goal is to help adults acquire and generalize skills at an accelerated pace, while also preserving the quality and efficacy of their care.

Our Patients

We work with adults ages 18 and up who are suffering from significant emotion dysregulation that manifests in behaviors ranging from intense emotional outbursts and self-injury to withdrawing from the world and the inability to move toward life goals. 

Our program is designed to treat adults who experience many of the following difficulties:

Our Team

The program is under the direction of Dr. Colleen Cullen and Dr. Zachary K. Blumkin, both DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinicians™. Our providers are expert DBT clinicians who have trained in some of the top institutions with renowned DBT practitioners. They are able to effectively provide support and validation for people who are truly suffering and simultaneously help these individuals make real progress towards their goals. 

Our Program

The Columbia Accelerated DBT Program is a high-fidelity group-based comprehensive DBT program that includes DBT skills instruction, diary card review, targeted skills coaching, behavioral chain analysis, and phone coaching. Our program is specifically geared toward addressing symptoms of emotional dysregulation. Skills training is presented in a format that is accelerated and comprehensive.

Individuals must attend the program Mondays through Thursdays from 5 to 7pm for a 4-month treatment contract, with a possible option to renew the treatment contract once, for a total of 8 months of treatment. Upon successful completion of the program, the treatment plan generally entails returning to weekly outpatient treatment.

The Accelerated DBT program is an adjunctive group therapy program that is intended to be added to an individual’s current treatment team to provide additional structure and support. Our program requires individuals who are entering the program to have established treatment teams. If an individual needs a therapist or a psychiatrist, we will help you find a provider with either one of our experienced providers or another provider that suits your needs. Once a treatment team is established, the process to enter the program can begin. 

Sample Daily Schedule (for illustrative purposes only)



Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday

5:00 pm – 5:05 pm

ADBT Community Meeting

ADBT Community Meeting

ADBT Community Meeting

ADBT Community Meeting

5:05 pm – 6:00 pm

Homework Review

Diary Card Review

Homework Review

Behavioral Chain Analysis

6:05 pm – 7:00 pm

Skills Instruction

Targeted Skills Review

Skills Instruction

Targeted Skills Review


$300 daily for the program (does not include cost of individual therapy and psychiatry visits)

Insurance Accepted

  • NYU Consolidated
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital's Employee Plan
  • Columbia University Employee Plan


ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

51 West 51st Street
Suite 340
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212)-326-8441