DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT)
DBT is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Drawing on her own experiences and study of psychology and Zen practices, Dr. Linehan began to create DBT in order to address certain vulnerabilities of her patients that were not being treated effectively with CBT alone. Dr. Linehan placed special focus on accepting clients fully, for who they were in the present, while also asking them to change. This dialectic tension between acceptance and change became the root concept of DBT.
Having been intensively trained in DBT for over two years, I'm honored to be able to provide DBT-informed care to help clients build a life worth living. DBT is effective at producing significant and long-lasting improvement by decreasing the frequency and severity of destructive behaviors, increasing motivation, emphasizing strengths, and translating skills learned into a person’s everyday life.
As a DBT-Informed practitioner, I place emphasis on balancing acceptance and change under the following categories: Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Mindfulness and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
WHAT TO EXPECT
I offer DBT-Informed care, meaning that I offer individual DBT Skills training and incorporate DBT philosophies, attitudes and protocols in treatment. DBT clients will use DBT Diary Cards to track intensity of emotions, behaviors and skills learned. I also offer DBT phone coaching. *Disclosure: I am not part of a fully adherent DBT program as I don't offer a DBT skills groups. While I have been part of a DBT consultation team in the past, I am not currently part of a DBT consultation team at this time.