James SearingLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Hello! I'm a social justice/antiracist allied therapist who works well with creatives, geeks, gamers, LGBTQ+ folx and divergent thinkers.
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.
I work primarily with those struggling with generalized anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, and relationships. Additionally, I work with couples to build Effective Communication Skills for a more sustainable and expansive connection and bond, working to de-escalate conflict while building awareness around foundational principles to lean on for long term success.
You’re looking for an approachable therapist who can help you build a better life for yourself. Someone who you can feel deeply seen by, who will celebrate your wins, walk beside you when life gets tough, and who can help you to find a better way to relate to yourself and the world around you. Whether you have been struggling with low self esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, or finding your path in life, I can help.
You might experience a relentless stream of thoughts telling you that you're not good enough. These thoughts make it hard to feel comfortable in your own skin. You second guess everything you say and analyze all of your interactions, looking for flaws. Maybe hard things have happened to you that continue to bother you, things that you haven't opened up about before that make it hard to enjoy your life, to feel connected with others, or to move towards your dreams.