Beyond Borderline Personality Disorder: Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a College Counseling Center

Amberly R. Panepinto, Carissa C. Uschold, Michelle Olandese, Braden K. Linn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Scopus citations


The study investigated the efficacy of a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program with a general college counseling center population, not limited to students diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. A review of records of 64 students found that obsessive-compulsive symptoms, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, paranoia, somatization, psychoticism, and phobic anxiety decreased, as did overall distress. All four target areas of DBT, namely confusion about self, impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, and interpersonal chaos, also significantly decreased. Limitations and implications for college counseling centers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-226
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of College Student Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Cite this