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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To learn to deal with our emotions in a healthy way. Focusing on utilizing emotional regulation strategies for a more balanced response, that allows us to feel in control of our relationships and inner world.

— Florencia Seoane, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC

Throughout my career, DBT has been a useful technique utilized within crisis intervention and treatment. I specialize in incorporating DBT skills, such as mindfulness and emotional regulation, to reduce self-destructive thoughts and behaviors. DBT has been an essential treatment orientation with my experience as a clinician for at risk teens over the years. Within my practice, DBT skills continually enhance client resilience by increasing stress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.

— Ishanie Sanchez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Staten Island, NY

DBT is a form of therapy that is incredibly effective in helping clients manage and deal with painful or distressing emotions. There is a big focus on learning skills like emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and mindfulness which leads to better relationships within ourselves and with others. The emphasis on radical acceptance helps clients focus on the things in life that they truly have control over and accept what they don't.

— Amanda Kohl, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Tampa, FL

Do you struggle with any of the following? • Do you feel broken, flawed, like something is wrong with you because your emotions are so intense or overwhelming? • Do you struggle to have control over your emotions? • Do you feel like your emotions sometimes control your life? • Do you want to learn how to better cope with your emotions? If you answered yes to any of the about then Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is for you. DBT will teach you: • How to be mindful of your emotions and prevent them from controlling you. • How to increase positive emotions and decrease negative emotions. • How to deal more effectively with your negative emotions.

— Duane Osterlind, LMFT, CSAT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

I am formally trained through Marsha Linehan's training foundation and have used DBT in both residential and outpatient settings extensively.

— Kelsey Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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 Associate in RALEIGH, NC

I am intensively trained in DBT. I completed my training through Behavioral Tech.

— Robin Friedman, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains, NY

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

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

Dialectical Behavior Therapy teaches skills in four specific areas. These are practical skills for everyday use that will help you manage your emotions, behaviors, and stressors more effectively. These skill areas include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, & Interpersonal Effectiveness. I am passionate about Dialectical Behavior Therapy and proud to be intensively trained in this treatment. You can always expect high-quality DBT treatment delivered with enthusiasm & expertise.

— Jessica Aron, Clinical Psychologist in WHITE PLAINS, NY

I received training in DBT from the Portland DBT Institute.

— Prudence Tippins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Viroqua, WI

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

DBT focuses on mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. These concepts can help both personally and in relationships. I use pieces of mindfulness in therapy frequently and personalize therapy to fit your needs.

— Jen Polignoni, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane, WA

DBT provides what I call an encyclopedia of excellent behavioral coping skills which fall into five categories: changing unhealthy behaviors, mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. We work through these skills to identify which ones will be most beneficial for you to integrate into your own life and how you can best utilize them. DBT focuses heavily on the concept of balance, especially between reason and emotion.

— Adam Stanford, Counselor in , CO

Sometimes our feelings feel like facts and DBT can serve to shrink the perceptions we may have about this. DBT is an emotion-focused form of therapy, with several principles derived from CBT in order to highlight the relationship between thoughts and feelings. DBT is also a skills-based therapy as well and I believe that the more you practice, the more you progress.

— Dylan Daugherty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I was one of 14 individuals selected for a fellowship in the DBT Training Program at Columbia University, where I completed a year-long course of concentrated DBT study, received DBT Intensive Training through The Linehan Institute's training company, Behavioral Tech, and worked at a DBT-specific clinical internship. I have been working as a DBT therapist for over three years in group practices, first in New York City and now, in Los Angeles.

— Carrie Covell, Psychotherapist in West Hollywood, CA