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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Was trained in DBT treatment in grad school, incorporated in internship, and trained again during first private practice job at Behavioral Associates.

— Stephanie Ganor, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

DBT is the most effective mindfulness based therapy I've ever worked with. Instead of judging your choices, let's look at how your choices are helping or hurting you to get through and live the life you want.

— Treah Caldwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Brookhaven, GA

Supporting the individual in developing skills to manage their life challenges is essential. I use DBT to help individuals improve their communication skills, self-regulation skills, and distress tolerance skills.

— Sandra Berger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in OAKLAND, CA

I used DBT exclusively while working in a residential treatment facility. I can provide individual DBT therapy and one-on-one skills coaching.

— Stephanie Capecchi, Clinical Social Worker in Monona, WI

We are passionate about the heart behind Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: radical acceptance of who you are and where you are in the moment, while making the changes necessary to be more aligned with your values. PSYCHe is led by a DBT Linehan Board of Certification, Certified clinician. We believe wholeheartedly in the efficacy of mindfulness-based practices in order to become more aware of our thoughts and emotions and to be fully present in our lives.

— Psyche PLLC, Psychologist in Nashville, TN

By incorporating DBT strategies in therapy I help teach clients tools to emotionally self-regulate, become more body-aware and mindful, manage interpersonal stress and change unhelpful habits.

— Jessica Loftus, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Port Jefferson Station, NY

I have been trained in DBT and use it with my clients who need to focus on skills to increase their tolerance to the therapy work. Most clients struggle in some capacity with feeling their emotions, interacting in relationships, and tolerating distressing situations. DBT skills can help lay a foundation to address these issues.

— Amber Claudon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

The theory of DBT (balancing Acceptance with Change) and the skills (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness) are incredibly helpful tools for understanding what is happening and what is holding us back, and making effective change. As we work together, I will draw from DBT theory and skills to help you feel like you are managing your emotions, rather than your emotions ruling *you*.

— Lina Lewis-Arevalo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

— Marcey Heschel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cypress, TX

I am trained in DBT which is an evidenced based therapy to treat borderline personality disorder as well as mood disorders and improving some behavioral patterns.

— Kendrick Hill, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Orleans, LA

I trained in DBT in the DBT clinic at Mass General Hospital, one of the top psychiatry programs in the country. I find that DBT is very good at capturing the complexities of life through its foundation in Hegelian dialectics. Hegelian dialectics refer to the idea that two seemingly opposing things can both be true (e.g., I can love someone and also know that they are a toxic force in my life, or I can be so pissed off with someone and still choose to treat them with compassion).

— Calvin Fitch, Psychologist in Boston, MA

DBT is the new golden standard for treating Emotional Dysregulation, self-harm, eating disorders, mood disorders and a GREAT starter package into some of the more sticky-icky transformative work. Imagine you are embarking upon a strange journey and you are bringing you a set of 38 robust tools that provide some variety onto your therapy experience. I integrate aspects of modified DBT into my approach and will summon various dbt skills as the needs naturally emerge. We use the green McKay Book

— Steven Wright, Clinical Social Worker in Georgetown, TX

DBT help people successfully improve coping skills develop effective ways to manage and express strong emotions Researchers found that DBT is effective regardless of a person's age sex gender identity sexual orientation and race ethnicity DBT is effective in the treatment of borderline personality disorder for suicidal behavior and self-harm the method could also be a successful treatment for other mental health conditions and in the treatment of PTSD depression and anxiety

— Maria Puentes, Psychotherapist in Altamonte Spring, FL

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is based on understanding and accepting your feelings and learning skills to manage those feelings. Using learned skills to make positive changes in life.

— Jodie Schneeberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cumming, GA

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive and evidence-based therapeutic approach designed to help individuals navigate intense emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and build life skills.

— Jane Navas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montclair, NJ

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is specially adapted for people who feel emotions very intensely. DBT will help you understand and accept your difficult feelings and learn the skills to manage them. DBT is usually used to treat self-harm, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and depression.

— Ashley Dunn, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in RALEIGH, NC

I integrate DBT techniques seamlessly into the therapeutic process, tailoring them to each client's unique needs and goals. Whether you're struggling with emotion dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, or distress tolerance, I utilize a combination of mindfulness, skills training, and behavior modification techniques to help you achieve meaningful and lasting change.

— Allison Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA

I appreciate DBT because it gives us direct tools we can use on a daily basis to challenge ineffective urges. I also love the mindfulness associated with DBT. I believe that the first step towards change is recognition of the barrier / problem.

— Sam Anderson, Clinical Social Worker in Golden Valley, MN