Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based treatment that can help you better regulate your emotions, increase your distress tolerance, be more mindful, have more successful interpersonal relationships and be more thoughtful about your thoughts, feelings, and environment. DBT is frequently used to treat not only Borderline Personality Disorder, but substance abuse, depression, anxiety and eating disorders as well.

Local Experts in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Alli Guerrero

Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy

I have been trained in helping clients w/ specific tools for distress tolerance. These tools have been shown to help w/ managing suicidal ideation and general anxiety.

Amanda Rebel

Individual Therapy

I enjoy using elements of DBT to help people learn how to live more in the moment, accept their current situation, cope better with stress, work with and regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others and themselves.

Allison Johandon

Individual Therapy

DBT looks at specific behaviors and how you would like to change them. It utilizes mindfulness, acceptance, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance skills to establish new patterns and healthier behaviors.

Erica Johnson

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy

DBT is an evidence based therapeutic method that helps individuals develop healthy coping skills to manage life's stressors. DBT helps individuals define the life they want to live for and the skills and techniques the person needs to help them achieve their goals.

Laura Brassie

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Individual Therapy

I have been using DBT for several years. I believe the primary skills of DBT- mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness- are incredibly helpful for all of us.

Lindsay Melka

Individual Therapy

DBT is a skills-based approach designed to support you in regulating intense and uncomfortable emotions and improve communication skills. DBT can help you to gain awareness of underlying patterns and behaviors that are causing problems and preventing growth. You will learn to recognize your 'wise mind', make healthy decisions and improve your ability to cope and manage emotions successfully.

Michelle Panek

Individual Therapy

DBT combines the power of mindfulness with evidence-supported techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have specific training in DBT and find that it is useful for working with anxiety and life transition/changes.

Rebecca Frank

Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy

DBT is a relationally structured way to help navigate the waters of heavy and overwhelming emotions. The four main constructs within DBT are: Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Eric Blommel

Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

As you may or may not already know, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) offers some of the world’s best coping skills all in one place. The group therapy format is divided into modules for Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness – with Mindfulness integrated throughout.

Kelly Wiepking

Individual Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a therapy modality that focuses on increasing your internal ability to tolerate distress and improve relationships that are affected by negative thoughts and feelings.

Carly Boeselt

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy

I find that clients enjoy DBT work because it provides them with take-away coping skills and tools they can try in their daily life. I focus on the domains of interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, mindfulness, dialects (seeing the 'grey' area in our thinking/life situations), and distress tolerance skills.

Erica Faulhaber

Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy

Working with DBT, helps clients focus on: Mindfulness Interpersonal Effectiveness Distress Tolerance Emotional Regulation

Cynthia St Clair

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy

I have years of on-the-ground experience leading Intensive Outpatient DBT groups.

Kayla Bettis-Weber

Individual Therapy

I have extensive training in DBT and have helped implement, facilitate, and provide consultation in this area. I believe in the fidelity of the model so will work hard to refer clients to evidence-based DBT groups when possible. I use an informed-DBT approach within individual therapy now in my practice. This modality focuses strongly upon coping skills to build a foundation for healing trauma.

Danelle Chapman

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy

I am not a DBT therapist but love to teach the skills and have been to several training's at the Portland DBT Institute. Some clients benefit from working through a workbook with me while others we use these skills based on what comes up in session. I find DBT to work great with the adolescents. DBT skills are; emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness.

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