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)

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.

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.

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.

Erica Faulhaber

Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy

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

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.

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.

Rebecca Frank

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

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