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

Although I do not offer a full DBT program I am very familar with DBT and RO-DBT and find that these concepts easily support EMDR work.

— Jennifer Roach, Counselor in Everett, WA

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

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. DBT therapy techniques are based on the key concepts of mindfulness and acceptance. The practice of DBT techniques improves and strengthens emotional regulation, healthy coping skills and interpersonal relationships.

— Rachelle Dunn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ashburn, VA

DBT successfully combines the principles of CBT and mindfulness to teach you better ways to regulate your emotions, set healthy boundaries, have firm communication skills and tolerate stressful situations. This approach will teach you to how opposite things can co-exist, such as acceptance & change. While learning to accept things the way they are, you can still work towards changing the aspect of self that is not helping you.

— Menije Boduryan-Turner, Psychologist in Woodland Hills, CA

I am foundationally trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, completed a two-year psychology fellowship specializing in DBT, was part of a comprehensive DBT program for adolescents and young adults through Jackson Health System for 5 years, and helped to train psychology and psychiatry trainees in DBT. Currently, I am only practicing DBT-informed therapy, which focuses on learning DBT skills in individual therapy for people who could benefit from learning about acceptance and change.

— Paola Granados-Radlick, Clinical Psychologist in Miami, FL

I focus on Emotional Regulation, Impulse Control, Distress Tolerance, Anger Management, Eeffective Communication.

— Briana Lefman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Oceanside, CA

No matter who you work with, be aware that providers who offer individual therapy without a concurrent DBT skills group and phone coaching are not offering DBT, but DBT-informed treatment. This is an important distinction! In individual therapy, I frequently use the methods or structure of DBT to help develop new coping skills or to modify unhelpful coping behaviors. These skills are helpful for a number of concerns–especially to reduce behaviors that create additional suffering in your life.

— Marissa Lee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have received training in DBT and have been able to utilize DBT techniques to assist individuals who may need assistance with increasing skills for emotional regulation.

— Sophia Sealy Ulett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Allentown, PA

I have been utilizing dialectical behavior therapy in my practice for over 4 years. The integrations of psycho education and practice provide an ideal opportunity for complete healing for the client. DBT utilizes mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal relationship skills to provide a holistic approach to healing.

— Michelle Smith, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

I have used DBT also for many years in individual and group counseling. I find that it is very helpful to others.

— Cindy Athey, Counselor in Clearwater, FL

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills help you to improve coping skills, decrease ineffective behaviors that keep you stuck, and improve relationships. Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO- DBT) Skills are ideal for people who identify as "over-controlled" or "perfectionistic" and want to work to increase their openness to new experiences, increase flexibility in the face of change, and increase authentic communication and connection with others.

— ClaireMarie Clark, Clinical Psychologist in Fircrest, WA

The skill building techniques of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are helpful for individuals struggling with managing intense emotions, tolerating distress, and attending to relationship issues. DBT employs a mindfulness-based approach and focuses on validation of our currents issues as well as challenging us to change.

— Jennifer Paul, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

I have experience in being trained and conducting individual and group DBT. In addition, I developed and implemented a DBT program within an outpatient community mental health center. As a result I have extensive knowledge in how to utilize DBT principles within therapeutic sessions to assist in increasing emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness among other skills to address areas of concern.

— Christina Wohleber, Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA

Training by Marsha Linehan, Behavioral Tech (creator of DBT)

— Justin Hampton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Louis, MO

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

I am intensively trained in DBT and utilize the skills to help my clients overcome symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

— Erin Pickney, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Nashville, TN