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)

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Walt can help you achieve lifestyle skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. These are skills that contribute to life lived with constructive emotional management. Walt maintains his own practice and continuing education in these areas.

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.

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 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 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.

By using the the many skills taught by DBT, clients can learn to regulate their emotions, better tolerate stress, and increase their effectiveness in interpersonal relationships.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 am hesitant to call myself an expert on DBT, but I do love to practice the skills of emotion regulation, distress tolerance, relationship effectiveness, and mindfulness that make up DBT. If these skills suit my clients, I love to share these exercises and practice them with them.

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.

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