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

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

We are in the process of being a state registered DBT team and offering full DBT services under state supervision and training. Our trainer was directly trained by Marsha Linehand, the mastermind behind Dialectical Behavior Therapy. We seek to offer the model as intended by its creator and we not only offer it, but practice DBT skills in our own lives.

— The Wellness Counseling Center, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harrisonville, MO

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

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

I am intensively trained in DBT and can help you develop the skills to overcome symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

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

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 ,

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

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

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy which tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes.

— Sheri Galens, Counselor in ,

DBT-informed Therapy Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RODBT) for issues related to overcontrol read more about this modality at https://abriradicallyopendbt.com/about-ro-dbt/

— CéShaun Hankins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in PORTLAND, OR

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a set of skills that involves mindfulness, working to reduce not so good thoughts and behaviors, and assertiveness. It was initially developed to work with people with severe substance dependence and personality disorders, but is now used for a wide variety of problems.

— Willard Vaughn, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA

DBT nicely expands perspective by providing alternate scenarios through use of dialectics and accompanying skills. Created by Marsha Linehan, this modality offers several coping skills to use in extremely emotional moments. The coping skills fall into the following categories: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. If you're looking for tools to add to your toolbox, DBT is the modality of choice.

— Amanda Roberson, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

I am a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), and I blend yoga and mindfulness techniques with the therapeutic principles of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to treat anxiety, improve communication, and enhance emotional intelligence.

— Traci Patterson, Therapist in Chicago, IL

Is a wonderful combination of behavioral therapy and mindfulness practice to help you see the world from a different, open-minded and gratifying perspective. It also offers very practical tools to manage everyday life.

— Dr. Adriana Dyurich, Licensed Professional Counselor in Corpus Christi, TX

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