Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in La Jolla, CA

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Miriam Zabinsky
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I will implement a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, person-centered therapy, solution-focused, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and others to help clients reach their goals.
My mission is to provide a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe place for you to process, identify, and heal. I believe that every client has the strength to make positive changes, and I am here to be a supportive and genuine guide. In therapy, I will honor your vulnerability and connect with you on a deep and empathetic level in order to instill hope. My goal is to help clients reach their full potential in life by breaking down the negative beliefs and lies that were taught to us starting at a very young age.
(442) 245-8284
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Nada Zein
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I work in a strictly confidential, non-judgmental and supportive setting and I use clinically-proven strategies such as CBT, system-based and Mindfulness-based approaches ( DBT , ACT).
Many professionals suffer from stress, anxiety, worry, or depression. Despite external success there is internal angst often impacting our daily lives and our relationships with colleagues and loved ones. Although materially successful we find ourselves feeling restless, trapped, or burnt out. I can help professionals who at times experience such feelings find their balance and regain their zest for life. After 15 years in corporate America where I saw highly functional colleagues struggle with stress and worry, I decided to become a Marriage and Family Therapist to serve this clientele to whom I could relate.
(858) 997-2154
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Nicole Karst
Psychologist, PsyD, LVN
Verified
Verified
Karst's treatment approach is grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy with assimilated cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT, ACT, and DBT ), logotherapy, existentialism, and ecopsychology.
Dr. Nicole Karst is a clinical forensic psychologist, nurse, and veteran. She has extensive health and mental health treatment experience at all levels of care ranging from hospitalization to outpatient psychotherapy. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood instability, obsessive thoughts, relationship problems, stress management, and mind-body wellness.
(858) 683-6419 x1031
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Demi Fitzpatrick
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My approach is warm, compassionate, holistic, and integrative, using various evidence-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical -Behavioral therapy skills, and Interpersonal Therapy, among others.
As a therapist, I aim to hold a safe space that feels both supportive and at times challenging, but always tailored to your personal needs and expressed goals. I like to think of my role as a passenger and navigator, presenting different paths that you may consider, but ultimately you are the one in the driver’s seat. I empower my clients by helping them to champion self-advocacy, assist them in reframing issues into challenges they can overcome, and explore the roots of these challenges so they may be better informed and equipped to tackle current and future adversaries.
(858) 758-8349 x107
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dr. Rikki Spencer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I integrate various therapeutic approaches including CBT, DBT , ACT, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based.
Everyone can have a good life. Sometimes we get in our own way. Sometimes our biology betrays us. Sometimes the actions of others or of the larger system block or derail us. Often we do not understand what is wrong or why, but we know we are capable of more – more joy, more achievement, more intimacy, more satisfaction. I can and want to help you reach your goals.
(858) 758-7637
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Jayde Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Jayde specializes in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma. She has a patient-centered and culturally sensitive approach that employs evidence-based treatments that include EMDR, acceptance and commitment, cognitive processing, dialectical behavioral, emotion-focused, narrative, solution-focused, and Rogerian therapies.
(855) 743-2006
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Siri Hadland
Psychologist
Verified
Verified
I have strong training in dialectical behavior therapy for emotion dysregulation, eating disorders, and addiction.
Learning why we think, feel, and act the way we do is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. From there, we gain the ability to adjust, grow, connect, and show up in the world as our most authentic selves. I work primarily with addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. My approach to treating addictive problems is self-empowering and open minded. In addition to the listed disorders I treat, I love working with women's issues, relationship issues, phase of life issues, religious trauma, and the LGBTQ+ population.
(858) 522-0154
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Louiza Livschitz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I primarily practice from a relational psychodynamic orientation, while integrating aspects from other modalities such as DBT , CBT, and ACT based on each client's unique presenting problems.
I believe that some of the ways people developed to cope with difficult experiences in early life no longer adaptively serve them; therefore, I help clients gain insight into those patterns and develop new ways of being in order to make positive changes. I also deeply value the impact that family-of-origin and culture have on identity development, interpersonal relationships, and how one views the world. My dissertation focused on examining the relationship between academic stress and physical health symptoms. I have a specialty in working with adolescents, college-aged students, and young professionals.
(925) 293-9042
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Julie K Peters
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
My training equips me with skills in drama therapy, psychodynamic therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing, DBT , etc.
Welcome, I bring a strong skill base working in LGBTQIA+, addiction and PTSD communitites. I love working with Couples and families, and I'm passionate about helping students navigate studying and self-care. I'm here to help you utilize your innate creativity, and I'm excited to aid you as you enact new patterns in your relationship with yourself and others. You will experience me as an affirming clinician who values and acknowledges your marginalized identity and the intersection of the many roles you embody. You can expect kindness from me and a treatment space that expands to allow your unique perspective to shine.
(510) 380-5706
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Center for Mental Wellness
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
We have two locations, where we provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), habit reversal training (HRT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy ( DBT ), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and family therapy.
Whether you've had a long struggle with your emotions, or just want a little help overcoming a recent difficulty, finding the right person to help makes a big difference. We believe in combining compassion and empathy, with therapies that have been proven to work by clinical researchers. We teach children, teens, and adults effective skills for changing behaviors, and provide the support and encouragement needed along the way. Through this process, you can overcome feelings of depression, isolation, shame, and fear while also building confidence in your strengths and gaining tools to overcome future challenges.
(858) 461-9409
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La Jolla, CA 92039
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Cyndi Pulsinelli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I practice using evidence-based treatment modalities including EMDR, ERP, DBT and CBT, while cultivating hope through a strengths-based approach.
What does it mean to thrive? The heart of my practice is the very essence of equipping individuals and families to live a life where they thrive. To thrive is a means of growth, to flourish, revive, change-state or turn.
(760) 965-3251
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Shawna Bethel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am who work as a part of a DBT team and supervise.
People often feel vulnerable and overwhelmed when starting therapy. My approach to therapy is that therapy is a partnership between the client and the therapist. I believe it is important that we both are working towards the same goal and that you feel comfortable enough to be honest and open to my help. Creating a partnership will help the two of us make progress together and empower you to be aware of your own potential. I provide individual, couples, family and group therapies. All therapies focus on developing skills to make lasting change and to improve self esteem.
(619) 404-6210
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Applied DBT Clinicians
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
We have attended intensive trainings in DBT given by Dr.
We specialize in DBT ( Dialectical Behavior Therapy) for the treatment of especially difficult to treat issues such as PTSD, Severe depression, Eating Disorders and the like. We are also well versed in issues of self-harm and frequent hospitalizations
(619) 377-8309
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Monique VandenBos Parts Work and EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
In session I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT , EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, polyvagal theory and IFS to meet the diverse needs of each client.
I provide therapy in Midtown Sacramento, currently all therapy is through video/telehealth. My approach to therapy is interactive, playful, and compassionate. I believe that therapy can open us to feel more connected to ourselves and our relationships and lead more intentional lives. I respect the vulnerability of each of in reaching out for therapy and look forward to empowering you.
(916) 943-4604
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Phil Takakjian
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My approach includes elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy and Zen Buddhism.
We begin by telling our story. We go at a slower pace than usual and we pay special attention to the emotionally important parts of the story, e.g., talking to our mother, worrying about work, conflict in a relationship, etc. Here we pause and direct our attention to our abdomen and ask, “How do/did I feel about this or that or him or her?” Then we wait. We don’t rush to answer the question with our heads, we wait for an answer to slowly arise from our bodies. We are bypassing our intellectual defenses and asking our bodies what’s really going on.
(415) 851-6940
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Crystal Morgan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I also utilize mindfulness techniques as well as DBT skills to empower my clients.
Hi there, I’m Crystal. Do you feel life is getting the best of you right now? Are you struggling to find your purpose? Is it hard for you to find things that you love about yourself? I help people who are in life transitional stages manage anxiety and daily stressors.
(562) 573-1532
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Laura Laird
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a “person centered” therapist who works from a strength-based model using DBT , as well as techniques from CBT to help you access all that is within you to heal and change.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in California with over 12 years experience. I am passionate about and enjoy working with adults, to help them with the challenges they face, including unresolved trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues or whatever is holding you back. I have vast therapeutic and life experiences that help me better understand what you are going through and how to help you. Life is difficult, complicated and at times even traumatic, but it can also be filled with great joy and fulfillment.
(858) 290-4884
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Anton Serzhan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I specialize in the application of evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT ), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Affect Regulation Therapy (ART), Assertive Communication Skills (ACS), Insight Oriented Therapy (IOT), Problem-Solving Therapy (PST), Guided Breathing, Validation Therapy (VT), and ACT.
How have you been feeling lately? If you have been feeling like something is not right, or that it is time you addressed something that has bothered you for a while, then perhaps we should talk. Whether it trauma, difficulty with mood, low self-esteem, attention, interpersonal conflicts, maladaptive habits, pain management, personality disorders you are always welcomed in. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. For years I have been working with a variety of different populations, including the veterans, LGBTQ+, injury recovery and chronic pain patients; adults of every age group, both for individual sessions and as couples.
(562) 414-5952
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Marion Kvasnicka
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
CBT, DBT , EMDR trained, plus many more approaches.
Do you feel like you've lost Hope?! Do you often feel like what's the point? Do you feel like you are just surviving? Hope! Hope; noun; 1 - A feeling or expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. 2 - A feeling of trust. Hope; Verb; Example: - I Hope therapy helps me and I Hope I learn the skills I need to move through this experience. I truly believe as a therapist that hope is the catalyst for change. Hope propels us to keep trying. When we feel stuck due to trauma holding us back, our thought distortions, or our self-sabotaging, HOPE still is present and propelling us to move forward. Step by Step.
(530) 457-6065
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Carrie Hill
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I practice DBT , CBT, and EMDR Therapies, treatments that work together to teach and help clients to work through blocks that are holding them back from leading their most fulfilling lives.
Life can be challenging enough when we don't get in our own way. As it turns out, many of us never learned how to identify and manage our emotions, relate to our worries and self-judgments with compassion, or navigate relationships from a lens that considers how our past experiences might influence how we connect with others today. Without even realizing, we may have spent years of our lives suffering, possibly even adding to the distress in our lives through harmful coping methods and self-sabotaging behaviors. If you are seeking another way to live, with less suffering and more peace, you are in the right place.
(619) 304-0879
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists

Who is DBT for?

DBT is designed for people who experience extreme emotional suffering because they lack the skills of emotion regulation and distress tolerance. The basic affliction can underlie a wide range of conditions, from borderline and other personality disorders to PTSD and treatment-resistant anxiety and depression. The therapy is helpful to those whose emotional reactivity is so intense it is disruptive to everyday functioning and leads to frequent crises.

Why do people need DBT?

The ability to regulate emotions is a core psychological skill that enables people to function in life and pay attention to the world outside themselves; it is consistently associated with well-being. DBT is designed to help people learn how to manage and regulate their emotions. Originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorder whose extreme emotional suffering led to self-harming behavior and suicide attempts, the therapy is now applied to other conditions involving emotion dysregulation, particularly when other treatments have failed.

What happens in DBT?

Individuals meet weekly with their therapist to discuss their experiences relating to moods, behavior, and skills. Using checklists they maintain, they review emotional experiences and positive practices they engage in. The diaries help individuals discern what led up to a specific problem encountered, this is followed by discussion of the consequences of their actions. In addition, individuals may meet in class-like small groups to learn skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

How long does DBT last?

Because it is intended to establish long-lasting behavioral change among those with persistent problems, DBT is designed to last six months to a year. DBT includes both weekly sessions of individual therapy and weekly skills-training sessions conducted in small groups. Studies of DBT have documented improvement within a year of treatment, particularly in controlling self-harmful behavior; nevertheless, individuals may require therapy for several years.