Rachel FriendlyClinical Psychologist, Ph.D.
Walking with folks through their growth and healing journeys is a tremendous privilege! MA, CA, DC, and VA licensed, telehealth practice.
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.
Are you stuck in a cycle of thought patterns or behaviors that are harming your well-being? Do you feel anxious, ashamed, disconnected, or depressed, and wish you could break away from these patterns? Do you find yourself daydreaming about what life would be like if you weren’t so caught up in this struggle? Many people are struggling to manage their relationships, careers, and lives during these uncertain times. You are not alone, and I am here to help.
You worry you aren’t doing things right and you’re burdened with challenges that keep you stuck. As this overwhelm grows bigger it's hard to be your authentic self, act upon your gifts, and form meaningful relationships. You shy away from taking risks and you're nervous to be real with others. Let's discover together how to reconnect with your values and reclaim the life you want to live.
You’re worried about your teen or struggling yourself. It can be overwhelming to get help but you know it’s time to see a therapist. You may be looking for an expert opinion, reassurance, clarity, or all of the above. You want find a therapist who can easily put you or your child at ease. What if therapy is a chance to hear yourself laugh again and reconnect in your relationships? I look at all parts of your life - your strengths and support, where you come from, and where you want to go.
I work with many young adults who are coping with major life changes or stressors, and I help to empower them in making their lives a bit better. I have experience working with a wide range of behavioral/mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal problems.