About Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder and has since been shown to be effective for a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues such as substance abuse, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. DBT is a highly innovative and practical treatment approach that utilizes skills training, mindfulness, and a variety of change strategies while relying heavily on validation, acceptance, and a nonjudgmental perspective. DBT therapists work hard to understand their client's inner world in order to acknowledge how their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors make sense given the context of their unique situation and at the same time assisting the client in reducing problems and becoming more effective.
I have Intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and experience working with a residential treatment center's DBT skills training group teaching mindfulness and skills to clients. I have worked with numerous individuals who experience emotional difficulties and who aim to improve their level of functioning and overall quality of life. Although I do not use DBT as a primary treatment approach, I am well trained and often incorporate many of its core concepts and tools in my practice. I find that DBT skills are quite helpful combined with EMDR trauma work to help with any intense emotions that come up during the process.
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