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.

Meet the specialists

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

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a new treatment for patients who suffer from emotional overcontrol. RO DBT has been developed over the past 20 years for people with chronic depression or anorexia nervosa. Research results suggest that it is effective in these, and other, hard-to-treat groups. While high self-control is generally thought to be a good thing, too much self-control can be a problem for some people.

— Maggie Ritnour, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

I integrate DBT skills with nearly everybody I work with. DBT offers concrete ways to manage difficult situations, whether they're tolerating large amounts of distress, regulating emotions, being effective in interpersonal relationships, or developing mindfulness skills.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX

I integrate the importance of mindfulness and skills-development into the weekly therapy practice to address issues of emotion regulation. This is not full-fidelity DBT, but rather an integration of DBT components into an interpersonal style. If you are seeking full-fidelity DBT services, please refer to http://www.dbt-lbc.org/ for a directory of DBT therapists.

— Brittany Boney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I have intensive training in DBT. I use both talk therapy and workbooks in session. You will consistently have homework and ways to practice what you learn in session in your daily life to reinforce your new skills.

— Rachel Butler, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Intensively trained in DBT and have successfully opened DBT programs in PHP/IOP programs for adolescents and adults. Work with clients to identify if they need comprehensive DBT to meet their treatment needs or DBT informed treatment.

— Nathalie Edmond, Clinical Psychologist in Ewing, NJ

Michelle utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to address the whole person, to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns, help manage difficult emotions, and to develop an overall more pleasant and satisfying life!

— Michelle Hughes-Leger, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I am a certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. DBT is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that combines distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness. It's main goal is to teach clients skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. It is highly effective with people experiencing depressive symptoms, mood disorders, borderline personality disorders, issues with chemical dependency, and people who are survivors of sexual abuse.

— Kacee Tannenbaum, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I provide DBT skills training to individuals based on the four modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance.

— Reed Balentine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Little Rock, AR

Over 5 years experience with children, adolescents and adults with DBT and learning how how incorporate mindfulness intro treatment

— Sarah Levy, Clinical Social Worker in Hartford, CT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a highly researched set of skills/techniques that is useful with a variety of mental health struggles. It is commonly used in the treatment of personality disorders, but also is very useful with various mood difficulties, as well as chronic stress. I am trained in DBT, and work with client's on developing the specific set of skills that will work for each individual. I also help client's with not only learning the skills, but specifically how to implement them.

— Lana Royle, Licensed Professional Counselor in South Jordan, UT

Since 2011, I have been training and practicing DBT with my clients. Throughout this time, I've had the opportunity to learn from some of the leading experts in the field, including the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan. I have experience in utilizing DBT in individual, family & group contexts, assisting clients in sustainable behavioral and relational change through mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation & interpersonal effectiveness.

— Melanie Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

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 Fairport, NY

I utilize DBT to help you how to live in the moment, manage stress, identify and take charge of your emotions, and improve relationships with others. I will provide you many tools and techniques to deal with the problem in the here and now.

— Nicole Byrne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

DBT is extremely effective for some problems and I have practiced it extensively in groups and individually and taught it to many clinical staff. It is a complicated treatment and if you are interested please call for a brief discussion about what it involves and whether it will meet your needs.

— Louise Will-Wallace, Psychologist in Falling Waters, WV

I provide comprehensive DBT which includes individual, group, consultation, and phone coaching. This is eveidence-based and I use this for teens who are emotional sensitive and experience intense emotions.

— Denise Takakjy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harleysville, PA