Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy, first developed in the 1980s by Marsha M. Linehan, to treat patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. Since then, DBT’s use has broadened and now it is regularly employed as part of a treatment plan for people struggling with behaviors or emotions they can't control. This can include eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm, and more. DBT is a skills-based approach that focuses on helping people increase their emotional and cognitive control by learning the triggers that lead to unwanted behaviors. Once triggers are identified, DBT teaches coping skills that include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. A therapist specializing in DBT will help you to enhance your own capabilities, improve your motivation, provide support in-the-moment, and better manage your own life with problem-solving strategies. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s DBT specialists today.

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I have spent 4 years studying and using DBT in my personal life and with my clients. I utilize the DBT skills of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to help my clients create a life worth living.

— Amanda Wetegrove-Romine, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX

Along with CBT, I will utilize distress tolerance skills from DBT. Also, I like to utilize other interventions from Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to help my clients achieve their recovery goals and find food freedom and body acceptance. I will also utilize these interventions with survivors of narcissistic abuse.

— Rebekah Grohn, M.Ed, LPC, Therapist in Katy, TX
 

DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques along with acceptance, mindfulness and distress tolerance. DBT can help with treating anxiety, trauma, PTSD and substance use. DBT can help provide steps and ways to cope with any negative feelings and thoughts that may be coming up for you. DBT is evidence-based therapy modality that can provide healthy ways to manage your emotions, thoughts and beliefs.

— Avni Panchal, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Completing certification in DBT/ Pesi Used for clients struggling with emotional regulation.

— Marcey Heschel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cypress, TX
 

I utilize all three areas as needed, overlooking high structure for personalized application

— Anthony Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

I have experience integrating DBT skills spanning over 5 years of work. I first learned to apply DBT at an inpatient center for eating disorders, and have since worked to apply DBT skills with all sorts of intense emotional challenges. I often use a variety of treatments to meet individual needs.

— Kim Lycan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Richland, WA
 

We teach DBT skills in a flexible way tailored to our clients. These are skills that are helpful for all of us (why didn’t we learn them in middle school?) to support emotional awareness and regulation, develop healthy communication and assertiveness, and be able to get through intense moments in our life. These skills can also be helpful for clients to gain more self-reliance between therapy sessions, and trust themselves to make wise choices!

— Tatyana Kholodkov, Clinical Psychologist in Durham, NC

I have training in DBT fundamentals and have hand-ons experience utilizing DBT techniques with individuals, families and groups. I attend ongoing trainings and stay up to date with the literature to inform my work.

— Shaniqua Cartwright, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Campbell, CA
 

DBT is a wonderful resource to strengthen identity while reduce self harming behaviors. We learn life skills and how to manage emotions. Through DBT, you learn how to slow down your thoughts so you can be more present life.

— Pallavi Lal, MS, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

I have extensive clinical experience, coursework, and additional ceu training and certification n using DBT for a variety of clinical concerns.

— Marylyn Sines, Psychologist in Southlake, TX
 

DBT is a helpful therapy for individuals wanting to gain insight and tools to navigate overwhelming emotions.

— Abby Endashaw, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Alyson has taken courses in Dialectical Behaviors Therapy (DBT) and integrates DBT skills in therapy to help support clients contain behaviors and manage distressing emotions. DBT offers a variety of skills to help with emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills which can provide concrete skills clients can utilize when they are struggling.

— Alyson Lischer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I have utilized DBT first as a client and now as a clinician. DBT offers specific skills and behaviors rather than theoretical models of approaching behaviors and emotions. DBT is the sister of CBT and there is frequent overlap when discussing intervention. DBT also pairs well with trauma work which is why I utilize a combination of approaches.

— Jordan Wolfe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Highlands Ranch, CO

Therapy used to help folks regulate emotions they struggle to deal with.

— Andrea Moore, Associate Clinical Social Worker
 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed to help individuals manage intense emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and develop coping skills. It combines techniques such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to promote emotional stability and overall well-being.

— Dexter Mai, Associate Clinical Social Worker

DBT was initially designed to treat people with suicidal behavior and borderline personality disorder. It has been adapted for other mental health problems that threaten a person's safety, relationships, work, and emotional well-being. DBT is helpful for clients who may have intense bursts of anger and aggression, moods that shift rapidly, and extreme sensitivity to rejection.

— Shari Grande, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Clara, CA
 

Originally developed for people suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, I believe this modality has concepts that help all of us! The number one tool here is mindfulness, which can help us slow things down in order to understand what is happening in the moment, and identify what is the most healthy response.

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

A fundamental premise of DBT is building a life we want to live in. It's goal-oriented and focuses on skills we can use and actions we can take to better our lives. DBT focuses on 4 core elements we can all learn more about: mindfulness, interpersonal-effectiveness, emotion-regulation and distress-tolerance.

— Damon Dodge, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Incorporating DBT allows us to explore practical skills for emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.

— Bailey Taylor, Licensed Professional Counselor in Baltimore, MD