Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, a renowned behavioral psychologist at the University of Washington.  It was originally designed for individuals with borderline personality disorder who engage in chronic, self-injurious and suicidal behavior.  DBT has since been validated as a treatment for a variety of other mental health concerns including depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship problems, anger management and difficulty with emotion regulation.  In its full practice, DBT is an intensive treatment that includes individual sessions, group skills training sessions, coaching sessions by phone, and a therapist consultation team. Recent research has shown the efficacy of the skills training component alone as adjunct to other treatments.  My practice incorporates DBT skills training when indicated.


 “DBT Skills” include:

  • Mindfulness

  • Distress Tolerance

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Emotion Regulation


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