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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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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Matt Newey (he/him)

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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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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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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Varsha Ruparel

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC, NCC

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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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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Emily Ludwig (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have extensive training in DBT, having co-led DBT skills training groups (and co-leading a DBT program) for six years, while offering individual DBT therapy for 12 years. I have a deep understanding of complex trauma (and CPTSD), and have seen the combination of mindfulness and CBT that DBT brings, lead to improved self-understanding, increased capacity to regulate emotions and manage distress, and much healthier relationships for many clients.

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Jenni Smith (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Josie Bilbao Bourke (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

7 years' experience facilitating IOP groups focused on teaching mindfulness and self-compassion practices & DBT skills

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Katherine Kloud (She/They)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.

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Chynna Springer (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC, CADCI

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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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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Kate Keating (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, LPC-A

Because I am 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.

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Laura Wood (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC, SUDP

I have received formal DBT training and supplement my humanistic/relational approach with DBT concepts and interventions.

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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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Destry Stoner LPC, CADCIII (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

CADCIII

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. I utilize DBT in individual counseling to teach skills for managing emotion regulation, interpersonal communication, distress tolerance and mindfulness.

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Ben Gulick (he/they)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

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Brittany Smith (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Professional Counselor Associate

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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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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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Haleigh Yurecko (she/her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

CSWA, MSW

I utilize DBT's coping skills for interpersonal relationships and emotional distress.

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Catherine Lazen (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

M.Ed, MSW, LCSW

This approach includes transformative skills training to empower people of all ages to regulate their feelings and control their behaviors in ways that promote wellness and success in every aspect of their lives.

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Sam Beckmann (She/ her/ hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW (OR), LICSW (WA)

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Kimberly Zeszutek, LPC (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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, tolerate stress and difficult social 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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Cara Haaga (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

DBT is a form of therapy that examines the duality of the human experience and at its core works to balance the seemingly opposite strategies of acceptance with change. DBT uses mindfulness and skill building to enable us to regulate emotions, tolerate distress and overwhelming emotion, be mindful and present in the given moment, and communicate and interact effectively with others. In practice, DBT can be used in a structured format as well as informally, depending on your own needs.

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Brian Pollock (he/him)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

DNP, PMHNP-BC

I received specialized training through Behavioral Tech. I have led DBT groups for many years, and previously I helped develop and launch a DBT program for college students. I have worked as a part of a larger DBT program and have experience with DBT skills training and Consultation Teams.

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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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Sasha Strong (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC

I draw from the DBT toolkit to support clients in developing as full human beings, including the skillsets of core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. During my Master's internship, I trained in trauma-informed DBT and co-facilitated a weekly DBT class. I use DBT skills training with individual clients who find it helpful.

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Sophie Toolanen (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

I have been learning , teaching, and applying DBT strategies for over a decade. DBT is particularly effective in treating personality disorders, addiction, self-harm, and mood dysregulation.

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Arielle Ross (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, MPH, LPC

I use DBT skills to teach coping and emotion regulation, mindfulness, & interpersonal effectiveness skills. I've run several DBT skills groups and I love helping people understand what mindfulness is, and how they can use it to slow down when they're in a lot of distress.

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Latisha Brown (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, incorporates CBT with mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills to manage psychological challenges. The purpose is to embrace awareness, manage your emotions, cope with stressors, and enhance your relationships to improve your well-being.

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Rebecca Lomeland (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC

Known as the third generation of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, I weave in many useful tools from the DBT camp to help clients learn practical ways to break problematic knee-jerk reaction patterns, get through patches of distress easier, get to a place of increased emotional stability, and do it all in a way that preserves and strengthens their relationships.

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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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Amanda Roberson (she/her)

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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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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James Whalen (He/Him)

Professional Counselor Associate

R7227

I do not provide the full course of DBT. It's a therapy with a high degree of commitment required from both parties, and therefore would not be appropriate for once-weekly telehealth services. However, there are many skills and concepts in DBT that are broadly applicable, and I bring in these elements when it feels like they would be helpful on an individual basis. These include mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, and dialectical concepts.

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Wes Harris (he, his, him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

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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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Brandy Halprin (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Isabel McCune (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MPH, MA, NCC

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