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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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

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with CBT Practices. I integrate DBT with the approach so it is holistic and tailored to your treatment plan. You will learn techniques for self-awareness, self-regulation and improving your emotional and mental control to achieve wellness.

— Linda Fong, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

I have extensive clinical experience, coursework, and additional ceu training and certification n using DBT for a variety of clinical concerns.

— Marylyn Sines, Psychologist in Southlake, TX

Sometimes we all encounter situations that leaves us broken and helpless to where life begins to lose meaning. Radical acceptance and mindfulness through DBT allows you to accept situations as is knowing you have no control over them. This allows individuals to learn the process of letting go of past hurts and learning to live in the moment with a focus on what is going well in their lives at this point.

— Lauretta Akpoyoware, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

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

I have extensive training and experience in DBT, having conducted groups and individual therapy for thousands of people over the years. It is also the framework I employ in dealing with the challenges of my own life. It is a highly regarded therapy for persons with borderline personality disorder. It is now recognized as effective over a wide variety of challenges. DBT is not merely a treatment strategy, it is also a world-view, a way of thinking about therapy and clients, validating their essential dignity and worth as human beings.

— John Eichenberger, Counselor in Macedon, NY

I do not provide "pure DBT" which must include a DBT skills training group in addition to individual DBT therapy to be truly DBT. However, I teach clients skills from the DBT modules to help clients be present with their lived experience and move towards valued living or "what matters."

— Rachelle Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane Valley, WA

I use DBT to help you identify and shift negative thinking patterns, while incorporating mindfulness based skills that will help you regulate your emotions, implement/set boundaries, and communicate effectively.

— Rachel Brandwene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have specialized training in dialectical behavioral therapy, which combines mindfulness with cognitive behavioral therapy. By using DBT, you can gain mastery of mindfulness, managing emotions, creating and improving relationships, and experience relief from suffering.

— Kristie Powell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

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

DBT is a scientifically researched, evidence-based therapeutic treatment for individuals struggling with inner conflict, stormy relationships, impulsive and intentional self-harming acts, and other concerns. DBT helps people with these problems regain control of their lives.

— Alexandra Tesnakis, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I have over 3 years experience using DBT in a variety of treatment settings. I was trained using DBT inpatient for eating disorders and have applied the skills with many clients in my outpatient practice. I often combine approaches to meet the needs of my individual client.

— Kim Lycan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Richland, WA

I utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my work with clients to assist them in developing tangible tools and coping skills to practice when experiencing intense emotions and other stressful situations. Clients can utilize DBT skills to help them become better able to manage their most difficult moments.

— Brittany Hopkins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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 am trained and certified in working with DBT. I primarily integrate it with other therapies in order to find and provide you with the best fit for your needs. I find DBT provides clients with quick and effective skills for managing emotions, calming ones self when emotions get too intense, and becoming present focused instead of future or past focused. Simply put, I utilize this to assist in helping you find balance again.

— Shanty Robbennolt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lansing, MI

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