Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that was initially created to treat individuals suffering from a borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used more widely as part of the treatment plan for many people struggling with behavior or emotions that they can’t control, including problems with self-harm, eating disorders and substance abuse. DBT combines Eastern and Western methods and focuses on teaching individuals mindfulness, social effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

Local Experts in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

I have formal training in DBT and have used it extensively in individual and family therapy. I have also facilitated many DBT skills groups for all ages. I integrate DBT skills training with individual therapy and use tools including workbooks and even apps to help clients fully benefit from this groundbreaking, effective approach.

Because I am especially interested in self-harm, suicidal ideation, and anxiety as presented in pre-teens and teens, DBT is especially relevant for my practice. I have read various DBT manuals and have attended workshops at the Portland DBT institute.

DBT is an acceptance-based treatment originally developed in the early 80’s to treat chronically suicidal individuals. It includes elements of multiple therapeutic interventions including: cognitive behavioral therapy, assertive communication, mindfulness, self-soothing, distress tolerance and emotion regulation. It is an evidence-based therapy proven effective for a wide variety of conditions.

DBT and mindfulness practice can help you to gain awareness of underlying patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are causing problems and preventing growth. DBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, which I view as a collection of symptoms based in complex trauma or multiple traumatic events.

While we do not offer full-fidelity DBT through the THRIVE clinic, all of our providers are comprehensively trained and concurrently practicing in DBT with our sister clinic, the nationally-renowned Portland DBT institute. This means that intervention offered at THRIVE are augmented by a deep toolbox of DBT skills and are guided by dialectical thinking.

DBT is an evidence-based practice that teaches people a set of skills to help them handle difficult situations, create stronger relationships, get their needs met effectively, and balance reason and emotion. I have been trained in DBT and utilize it often with people who have difficulty managing their emotions, struggle with interpersonal relationships, or engage in self harm or substance abuse.

I am intensively trained in DBT and work in a practice that specializes in treating Borderline Personality Disorder. I also train other clinicians in DBT and lead two DBT consultations in the community.

I have been intensively trained by DBT founder Marsha Linehan's company BTech in DBT. I have been practicing DBT for almost 10 years with great results. I have continued my education by attending multiple DBT workshops and trainings, including one by Marsha Linehan herself!

I have been trained and supervised by programs specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Within sessions, we discuss mindfulness and skill building to identify and understand emotions and difficult interactions. It is my belief that by actively applying DBT strategies, individuals become empowered, and thus more able to create an atmosphere promoting the achievement of personal goals.

I completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Children and Adolescents: Rescuing the Dysregulated Child by Eboni Webb Psy.D, HSP. Helping. DBT provides practical skills in areas of emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and self compassion that have proven useful in working with teens struggling with attachment issues, loss, and trauma.

DBT is a type of behavior therapy that incorporates skills of mindfulness. It is an evidenced-based practice for people struggling with high emotional reactivity and relational problems, and teaches skills of Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

I have strong experiential training in DBT skills for the past 3 years, in a hospital setting. I have successfully worked with individual clients, families and done group therapy with DBT approach. I believe that DBT renders skills to people to manage their emotions, increase interpersonal effectiveness and tolerate distress more effectively.

Trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, I offer DBT as a way to integrate mindfulness and awareness into the CBT process. DBT was developed for people struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, but I find it immensely useful for many other people as well.

I have received an intensive 2 year training in DBT and have led a DBT group. This orientation is incorporated into each session.

I have been trained in DBT and integrate this with CBT and Mindfulness therapy. This method is most powerful in a group setting and I cannot offer group in my private practice at this time.

I am trained and experienced in traditional DBT therapy, which I have taught to large groups of residents in treatment and also used extensively in individual therapy to work on addictions, emotional reactivity, relationship problems and compulsive behaviors.

I have had training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and have engaged in this therapy practice for a number of years. This therapy approach helps people more effectively manage their emotions while enhancing their interpersonal skills. A core principle of this approach is building mindfulness skills.

Through work with teenagers and young adults suffering from Bipolar Disorder and various disordered personalities, I have taken an interest in ongoing education regarding DBT. Working with clients who frequently struggle with suicidal ideation and self-harm, I have found DBT to be an excellent approach for reaching clients and teaching them ways to communicate their needs without sacrificing self.

I received post-graduate training in DBT, led a weekly DBT group for almost two years and use it regularly in individual therapy when appropriate. I appreciate the nonjudgmental mindfulness it encourages and the recognition that we all struggle at times with emotions.

I helped to start a DBT program in Columbia County, and worked for several years on this DBT team. I am very familiar with the skills, taught skills training, used diary cards, and continue to use and teach these skills individually. Some clients may benefit more from an DBT team and program rather than a DBT-informed therapist.

DBT is a skills-based approach designed to support people in regulating intense and uncomfortable emotions and improve communication skills.

I am very skilled with the DBT approach. I spearheaded the Providence Portland Medical Center DBT Out-Patient Program, running groups and doing individual counseling. I utilize Marsha Linehan's approach, including weekly diary cards. You will learn and practice skills. DBT is an evidence based practice, which means it is quite effective.

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.

I integrate DBT components with a focus on skills-development in mindfulness and communication into our work. These DBT skills are supportive and effective at addressing issues with emotion regulation.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based approach that recognizes there are multiple tensions—between thoughts, feelings, external environment—vying for control of a person's life. Resolving these tensions to choose healthy behaviours (or avoid unhealthy ones) requires developing skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation.

I was trained to use the DBT program to work with clients with a range of presenting issues, such as borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. In my practice I will use DBT skills and worksheets with clients when useful and appropriate.

DBT is a type of behavior therapy that incorporates skills of mindfulness. It is an evidenced-based practice for people struggling with high emotional reactivity and relational problems. It teaches skills of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

I have training and experience delivering DBT skills, particularly for individuals with difficulties related to trauma.

I have been a DBT therapist for over 15 years. The approach informs all of my work with clients and I integrate skills training into both individual and couples therapy.

DBT is a toolkit of wellness skills. I use DBT to help clients improve their emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness skills. During my Master's internship in 2013, I trained in DBT and co-facilitated a DBT group.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a combination of mindfulness plus CBT plus finding balance (dialectics). DBT teaches skills focused on being mindful, understanding and regulating your emotions, tolerating distress more skillfully, and increasing effectiveness in interpersonal interactions/relationships.

I recently completed a year-long internship at the Portland Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Institute. My training includes intensive instruction from several of the most highly regarded international DBT trainers, including approaches to healing substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma/PTSD.

I have received formal training and utilize DBT concepts and interventions in my practice.

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