Jennifer KulkaLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
I help victims & survivors of trauma release shame and find meaning again.
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.
Ever feel like you just don't know which way is up anymore? Whether it's at work or school, in your relationships, even in your own identity, it's easy to feel lost in the sea of life. Perhaps you're trying to adapt to a new normal, or you're feeling dissatisfied in your marriage; life isn't meant to just be tolerated or survived, it's meant to be lived and enjoyed. This can be incredibly challenging if you feel tense, on edge, fearful, resentful, panicked, lonely, or like you're not enough.
My clients are motivated to change their behaviors and circumstances and work hard to create progress through practice of new skills. I work with single-event and complex trauma, dissociation, and personality/interpersonal difficulties as well as more general mental health conditions. My clients are usually between the ages of 18 and 50 but other clinicans work with younger and older clients. We are LGBTQ+ friendly, multi-culturally aware, and sex positive.
Being a human is not easy. We search for meaning, purpose, all while the world spins a web of uncertainty-making it difficult to feel safe- leaving us feeling anxious, hopeless, and confused. My goal as a therapist has always been to support my clients, both teenagers and adults, in looking at their lives, and their experiences, and encouraging them to find their meaning and purpose in all of the noise.