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.

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Cary (Lazara) Coll

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides tools that support emotional regulation. For the past 8 years I have facilitated both group and individual therapy utilizing DBT. I will support your journey towards emotional freedom.

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Erin Durst, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Cory Anton

Licensed Professional Counselor

Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be very effective at helping you manage overwhelming feelings, irritability, depression and anxiety. If you are struggling with chronic suicidal ideation or self-harm behavior, I can help you learn the DBT skills to weather these emotional storms safely.

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Katherine Chiba, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Matt Newey

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Trained in the theory, interventions and skills of DBT through nearly 20 hours of continuing education.

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Amelia Mackle MSEd LPC RYT

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been integrating the coping skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into practice with all my clients for many years. DBT skills are excellent life skills and can lead us to a more fulfilling life, no matter what life challenges we face.

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Doug Chapman

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC3, ACS

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.

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Varsha Ruparel MS,CMHC,NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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Chynna Springer

Licensed Professional Counselor

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a set of skills that are focused on distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills also incorporate a mindfulness component.

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Lily Davis LCSW, LICSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Trained in DBT

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Marena Passarelli

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Philip Kolba, MA LMHC NCC

Professional Counselor

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.

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Tracy Trefethen

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Alyssa Moore (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Melissa Owens LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Sophie Toolanen

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been learning , teaching, and applying DBT strategies for nearly a decade. I facilitate DBT skills groups at the Integrative Trauma Treatment Center in Portland. DBT is particularly effective in treating personality disorders, addiction, self-harm, and mood dysregulation.

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Alisha Phillips (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Jana Corbett, Ph.D. (she/ her)

Clinical Psychologist

PhD, CADC-I

I was trained in DBT through the Comprehensive Implementation & Training Initiative and have since received further in depth training in DBT through the DBT Institute. I have worked as a full fidelity DBT therapist for the past two years and continue to be amazed at the effectiveness of DBT. I use DBT skills in my personal life All. The. Time.

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Sarah Eckstein (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D., M.S.

My training in DBT throughout my doctoral program has informed much of my clinical work surrounding interpersonal effectiveness, coping with self-destructive tendencies, and radically accepting one's self and one's situation.

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Justin Bush, PhD (He/Him)

Clinical Psychologist

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Karen Maloney, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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Wes Harris (he, his, him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

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Amanda Roberson

Licensed Professional Counselor

DBT nicely expands perspective by providing alternate scenarios through use of dialectics and accompanying skills. Created by Marsha Linehan, this modality offers several coping skills to use in extremely emotional moments. The coping skills fall into the following categories: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.

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THRIVE Clinic

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Cynthia Aerni, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

10 years experience and training in utilization of DBT therapeutic concepts in individual and group treatment.

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Brittany Boney, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Jacob Curtis (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA CADCI NCC LPC

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.

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Jenna Rasmussen

Licensed Professional Counselor

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!

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Jules Allison

I have worked in community mental health settings as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) for over 6 years, where DBT has been a main therapeutic approach in assisting clients. DBT was taught and utilized extensively during my time treating individuals diagnosed with BPD.

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Marisa Benson

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I am especially familiar with DBT due to my experience in my graduate internship in which we practiced DBT particularly in group settings. This experience helped to develop my skills using DBT and especially inspired my interest in learning more about this theory specifically in regard to mindfulness and emotional regulation.

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Andrea Mize

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have received training in the specific skills of DBT and incorporate these skills into my work where appropriate.

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Kimberly Zeszutek, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Heather Asaadi (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a combination of mindfulness, CBT, and acknowledging that multiple truths exist at the same time (dialectics). DBT teaches skills focused on being mindful, understanding and regulating your emotions, tolerating distress more skillfully, and increasing effectiveness in interpersonal interactions/relationships. DBT informs my approach and I like to utilize concepts and skills from it with clients, but I am not practicing it to it's full fidelity in sessions.

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Laura Martin (she / her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Jeffrey Kiilsgaard (he/him/his)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA, QMHP

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