What is DBT?

I specialize in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that blends mindfulness meditation, interpersonal skills, and emotion regulation skills to help you improve your mood, reduce stress, and get along better with others. This approach was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at University of Washington, and has been rigorously tested and proven effective for many emotional and behavioral problems.

Therapy is never one-size-fits-all, so we will discuss your needs and see if DBT is a good fit for you, or if your needs are best served by another approach.

Regardless of what brings you to therapy and what your goals are, you can expect the following from me:

  • Emphasis on nonjudgment, acceptance, validation, and being in the present
  • Goal-oriented, strengths-based, and collaborative
  • Training in coping skills, relationships skills, and relaxation, as applicable
  • Respect for your spiritual/religious beliefs, and including those in therapy if you request
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