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Silver Hill Hospital Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

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Family-endorsed provider iconSilver Hill Hospital
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
New Canaan, CT


Silver Hill Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital – and one of the few such designated facilities in the country. Known for compassionate care and an individualized approach to treatment, Silver Hill Hospital has been restoring mental health since 1931.

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program is for women and men struggling with intense emotions, impulsivity and harmful behaviors, often including self-harm. DBT is a highly structured form of behavioral therapy that teaches patients the skills necessary to regulate emotions, avoid self-destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relationships. The program was developed for patients with severe personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder.

Silver Hill Hospital
208 Valley Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
out of state: 1-866-542-4455
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Family Member Quotes

The doctor and the program literally saved my child’s life.

“Deborah was invaluable to my family and me. In extraordinary ways, large and small, she provided the pathways we needed to find and secure the right kinds of help. She was a Godsend.”

Patient Quotes

“I came back to Silver Hill ashamed, frightened, broken, hopeless and almost convinced that I was constitutionally incapable of getting well again and staying that way. I am leaving here today with hope that I did not have coming in, and the willingness to roll up my sleeves and begin the reconstruction of my life.”

Other Clinicians Quotes

“My patient’s depression is overwhelming to him at times. I can see that the rapport and trust he has built with his advocate at Silver Hill have helped him appreciate that he can create connections to others.”

– A community clinician

Information and Referrals

Speak with a Resource Specialist about services and referrals to the Silver Hill Hospital DBT Program.



  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


  • Transitional Living Program
  • Inpatient Services
  • Skills Groups Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Family Program

Client Focus

  • Adults struggling with intense emotions, impulsivity and harmful behaviors, often including self-harm.

Other Specialties at Silver Hill Hospital

  • Persistent Psychiatric Disorders
  • Addiction Disorders
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Chronic Pain & Recovery
  • Adolescents


Accreditations & Qualifications

Silver Hill Hospital is a fully licensed and accredited private, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital and is:

  • Licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Hospital for the Mentally Ill
  • Certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicare only)

Accredited by the Joint Commission under standards for:

  • Hospital Accreditation Program
  • Behavioral Health Program
  • Laboratory Services
  • Opioid Treatment Program

Silver Hill Hospital in operation since: 1931


Silver Hill Hospital Mission and Vision Statements

Our Mission

The mission of Silver Hill Hospital is to provide our patients with the best available treatment of mental illness and addiction; and to offer continuing support, counseling and education to our patients and their families in every phase of illness and recovery.

Our Vision

The vision of Silver Hill Hospital is to establish a helpful, lasting relationship with each of our patients, their families and their clinicians in the community and to remain involved in each patient’s care for as long as we are asked. We will educate clinicians, patients, their families and members of the community about the nature and treatment of psychiatric disorders and addictions. We will strive to advance the frontiers of our field through continued scholarship.


Silver Hill Hospital in the Media

Visit Silver Hill’s website for an up-to-date webpage highlighting Silver Hill’s presence in the media.

More about Silver Hill Hospital 

“When a patient has a mental illness or addiction, the impact on families can be enormous. We believe we need to offer guidance and support, not just to our patients but to families and loved ones as well.”

“We offer many things at Silver Hill, but the most important thing we offer is the hope for a better life.”

– Sigurd H. Ackerman, MD, President and Medical Director

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