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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DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is a form of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) based on balancing change and acceptance. DBT does this through teaching new skills that can change the way people behave, while at the same time accepting that we are doing the best we can right now. We use DBT in some aspect with almost all of our clients. DBT is manualized and has a skills training manual so there are handouts we provide to strengthen your in session learning.

— Cactus Flower Healing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mesa, AZ

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

— Marylyn Sines, Psychologist in Southlake, TX

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was originally developed to help individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, but I believe that these tools can help all of us. We work to integrate skills with a foundation of mindfulness to slow down and understand what is happening in the moment. That is where you can start to gain back your power and take control over your response.

— Emmily Weldon, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan. Diagnosed herself with BPD, Linehan had insight into how to improve treatment services for this population. The goal of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is to help people identify and use their strengths. In addition, this helps clients build self-esteem and positive feelings about life. Thus, DBT combines both cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques to further this goal.

— Newport Academy, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Orange, CA

DBT is a great therapy that uses mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal skills, and distress tolerance to overcome barriers brought on by personality disorders. This treatment was designed for borderline individuals but has shown success in depression and bipolar disorders as well.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX

I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy through the Behavioral Tech - A Linehan Institute Training Company. DBT is a large part of my clinical work because it is an empirically validated treatment and its vast utility for many clients.

— Pei-Chen Hsu, Clinical Psychologist in Livingtson, NJ

We will have openings for clinicians who are able to provide individual DBT-oriented therapy starting mid-September.

— New Hope Counseling Group, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

I have been utilizing DBT skills in individual and group settings throughout my career. These strategies and skills are focused on helping an individual to find a middle-path and see a way forward that does not ignore their emotions or their own beliefs. I have continued to read and learn more about DBT over time and continue to regularly utilize it in my practice.

— Andrew Ritchie, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Champaign, IL

I have been through extensive DBT training and utilized this in treatment centers and school settings.

— Cassandra Holt Kimbell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I have over 80 hours of training in this modality, but I am constantly learning more. It is effective in so many situations and allows for a full understanding of the person, and work towards goals that are 'worth living.' I especially enjoy the focus on finding synthesis in the areas of your life.

— Matt Coffman, Licensed Professional Counselor

As an individual practicing therapist, I use DBT as a framework to help people feeling distress to manage their lives more effectively through various emotional regulation skills. DBT dovetails well with Occupational Therapy in its strong orientation towards skills and training to manage difficult times.

— Vanessa Gorelkin, Occupational Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

When appropriate, I will provide skills-based interventions grounded in DBT to support you in managing life stressors. DBT will support you in managing intense, painful emotions, suicidal ideation, and relationship strife. I have significant experience with this behavioral work.

— Ciara Bogdanovic, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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

— Marylyn Sines, Psychologist in Southlake, TX

I use DBT tools to help you accept the reality of & change your life by identifying unhelpful behaviors. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of talk therapy that helps you understand how thoughts affect emotions and behaviors.

— Allison Martone, Mental Health Counselor in Chicago, IL

While typically one of the best treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder, its focus on mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation skills are applicable for all of us. I use the full protocol as well as an adapted and DBT informed approach usually to improve emotion regulation and tolerance of distress.

— Melody Mickens, Clinical Psychologist in Richmond, VA

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

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

I am intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, founded by Marsha Linehan, creator of DBT. I underwent two years of formal training and continue to seek out DBT consultation each week. In our practice, we offer several DBT skills groups, individual DBT, and phone coaching, and all of our providers participate in our in-house DBT consultation team to ensure that are clients are receiving the most informed and comprehensive care.

— Stacey Rosenfeld, Psychologist in Coral Gables, FL