What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, is a system of psychotherapy designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, and other mental disorders, by reducing the symptoms associated with BPD. The four components of DBT are Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotional Regulation. The Mindfulness aspect of DBT groups essential skills that an individual with BPD needs to learn, including how to observe, describe and participate in life experiences, internal or external, without simply labeling them as good or bad experiences. Interpersonal Effectiveness is designed to help an individual with BPD learn to assert his or her needs while still effectively managing conflict in relationships. The skills associated with Distress Tolerance help an individual learn to tolerate distress and accept it as a natural part of life without resorting to a behavior response that could make the distress damaging to others or lead to self-destructive acts.The fourth component of DBT, Emotional Regulation, helps individuals learn to identify and manage emotional reactions. For more information visit:

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More About Our Residential Program Using DBT Therapy

The Meehl House in Texas is one of the first locations in the nation to offer residential group homes providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for individuals with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse. The house can accommodate as many as four residents at any given time. An evaluation will determine if a candidate for DBT program meets the residency requirements.

The Meehl Foundation operates The Meehl House as a holistic center serving a resident’s mind, body and spirit. As the fundamental elements of any 90 day stay, a resident will participate in at least two hour of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and 5 hours of group a day: 1 hours of DBT skills, 1 hour of REBT,  1 hour of Amen Brain Health, 1 hour of  Self-Esteem work and 1 hour of 12-step per week. Psychiatric visits, psychological testing and assessments, biofeedback, and clinical hypnosis are also ongoing parts of the treating the mind. Residents at The Meehl House also receive 24-hour access to the DBT team for crisis intervention.

Protecting, strengthening and caring for the body at The Meehl House involves learning about nutrition in order to maintain a healthy diet, creating a self-sufficiency regarding meals by learning to cook, and heightening an awareness of the body and setting fitness goals through a fitness club membership. Massage and acupuncture therapy, as well as hair follicle, mineral and vitamin testing, are also among the physical health-related components of the program. Meeting the spiritual needs of a resident, and helping him of her cultivate a stronger sense of the value of spiritual strength, is experienced through spiritual counseling, action and wellness planning, life coaching, art therapy, and gardening and horticulture therapy.

The program is offered to men and women at least 21 years of age and no more than 70 who have been diagnosed with a mood or personality disorder and are ready to make recovery a top priority.  Due to the need for safety and well-being of the residential community, a resident cannot be a convicted sex offender, a known arsonist, or someone deemed actively psychotic.

Mark Meehl and Debra Meehl, DD, created the Meehl Foundation and opened this facility to provide a place of hope and healing for people diagnosed with BPD throughout Texas and neighboring states. Inquiries can be made at 979-798-7972 and more information about The Meehl House can be found online at


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Debra Meehl

Debra Meehl, DD Pastoral Counselor, DBT Trained Skills Trainer, Board Certified Hypnotist & President, Meehl Foundation Intenselevly Tained DBT Team

Speaking Engagements
Texas TAAP Convention-San Antonio, TX
August 15, 2014 (11:00am-12:30am)
West Coast Symposium- Cape Cod
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
Sept, 13, 2014 (10:45am-12:15am)
NAADAC- Seattle, WA
Radical Acceptance-Getting to the root of the problem
September 28,2014 (1:30pm-3:00pm)
NASW-Texas State Conference
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
San Marcos, TX October 18, 2014 (2:30pm-4:00pm)
NASW-Atlanta, GA State Conference
Using DBT Therapy for Mood Disorders and SA October 23, 2014 (9:00am-12:15)
Radical Acceptance-getting to the root of the problem
October 24th, 2014 (1:30pm -3pm)
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