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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Varsha Ruparel MS,CMHC,NCC

Professional Counselor Associate

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Erin McAdams (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

#L10521

Improve mood and emotional regulation by becoming more mindful, developing healthy ways to cope with stress, and improve your relationships with yourself and others.

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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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Sasha Strong (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stephanie Podasca (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, LPC Associate, LMHCA

I completed my graduate clinical training at The DBT Clinic in SE Portland, where I practiced DBT-informed therapy for a year. In addition, I co-facilitated DBT skills groups and provided individual skills coaching with clients who sought further support in their treatment. I continue to work from a DBT-informed lens in addressing distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness strategies and still love to teach skills to my clients!

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Christine Artmann

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC III

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Jules Allison (They/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate, CADC-R

I’m trained in DBT through the Portland DBT Institute.

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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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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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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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Jonathan Clarke (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

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Marena Passarelli (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, LMHC

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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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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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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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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Lesley Smith (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I took a course on DBT during my Master's program and practice DBT-informed therapy at my first outpatient therapy position and continue to incorporate DBT skills into my practice since.

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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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