Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Los Angeles County, CA

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Mary Robin Bates
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90033
I am here to support & empower my client's journey towards mental wellness, using tools and theoretical approaches such as Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered approaches, art therapy, and 12 steps.
My name is Robin Bates and I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am licensed in California with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, codependency, depression, anxiety, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, & coping with life changes. I have worked with clients from ages 4 to 90 in a variety of settings. Currently, I am focusing on adults who are seeking help for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, spiritual issues, addiction, codependency, grief, and life transitions.
I am here to support & empower my client's journey towards mental wellness, using tools and theoretical approaches such as Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered approaches, art therapy, and 12 steps.
My name is Robin Bates and I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am licensed in California with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, codependency, depression, anxiety, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, & coping with life changes. I have worked with clients from ages 4 to 90 in a variety of settings. Currently, I am focusing on adults who are seeking help for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, spiritual issues, addiction, codependency, grief, and life transitions.
(323) 765-3367 View (323) 765-3367
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Rayven Battles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downey, CA 90242
Hello, my name is Rayven Battles, and I am a licensed clinical social worker in California (LCSW 91756). I treat disorders including but not limited to anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, post-traumatic stress, grief, and personality disorders. I aim to assist clients with managing stressors and achieving emotional wellness by developing appropriate coping skills, building insight, and increasing protective factors. In therapy, I use theoretical approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy depending on the individual's needs.
Hello, my name is Rayven Battles, and I am a licensed clinical social worker in California (LCSW 91756). I treat disorders including but not limited to anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, post-traumatic stress, grief, and personality disorders. I aim to assist clients with managing stressors and achieving emotional wellness by developing appropriate coping skills, building insight, and increasing protective factors. In therapy, I use theoretical approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy depending on the individual's needs.
(562) 573-6250 View (562) 573-6250
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Hadie Cuyan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
I draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, psychodynamic, and mindfulness theories depending on each person’s needs.
It takes a lot of courage to seek a therapist and by doing so you’ve already initiated that first step towards a path of healing and self-awareness. I can help guide you towards that awareness and build on your strengths. My approach is non-judgmental and grounded in a strong therapeutic relationship in which I work collaboratively to meet the unique goals of each individual.
I draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, psychodynamic, and mindfulness theories depending on each person’s needs.
It takes a lot of courage to seek a therapist and by doing so you’ve already initiated that first step towards a path of healing and self-awareness. I can help guide you towards that awareness and build on your strengths. My approach is non-judgmental and grounded in a strong therapeutic relationship in which I work collaboratively to meet the unique goals of each individual.
(323) 622-6165 View (323) 622-6165
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Erick Santos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90814
I specialize in trauma whether it is complex trauma or intergenerational trauma using individualistic approaches to meet your needs through TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, and EMDR therapy.
Has trauma, anxiety, or depression interfered with the potential to become the best version of yourself? We often feel defined by traumatic or emotionally difficult experiences that often leave us feeling stuck in place rather than moving forward towards our goals. I’m here to provide a safe, affirming space for you to develop an understanding of yourself to overcome past experiences or fears that define you. Our work together will be met with unconditional acceptance, creative approaches, and the utmost compassion.
I specialize in trauma whether it is complex trauma or intergenerational trauma using individualistic approaches to meet your needs through TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, and EMDR therapy.
Has trauma, anxiety, or depression interfered with the potential to become the best version of yourself? We often feel defined by traumatic or emotionally difficult experiences that often leave us feeling stuck in place rather than moving forward towards our goals. I’m here to provide a safe, affirming space for you to develop an understanding of yourself to overcome past experiences or fears that define you. Our work together will be met with unconditional acceptance, creative approaches, and the utmost compassion.
(562) 517-7961 View (562) 517-7961
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James Kane
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039
I utilize a non-judgmental, casual, creative style to therapy, informed by various modalities such as ACT, DBT, RO DBT, CBT, and Polyvagal Therapy.
Find ease in your relationships; with your body, with food and with yourself. Providing personalized care for adults and adolescents who are struggling with eating disorders or disordered eating; as well as working with individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, and relational challenges. Trauma-informed; Weight-Inclusive & Health At Every Size approach; Intuitive Eating aligned
I utilize a non-judgmental, casual, creative style to therapy, informed by various modalities such as ACT, DBT, RO DBT, CBT, and Polyvagal Therapy.
Find ease in your relationships; with your body, with food and with yourself. Providing personalized care for adults and adolescents who are struggling with eating disorders or disordered eating; as well as working with individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, and relational challenges. Trauma-informed; Weight-Inclusive & Health At Every Size approach; Intuitive Eating aligned
(323) 546-7652 View (323) 546-7652
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Molly Nestor Kaye
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT, MS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90023  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! I work with clients that are seeking contentment, authenticity, and connection in their daily life. In our work together, you can expect a balance of exploring the past and present. Understanding the past can reveal invisible patterns, reduce shame, and connect you to your truest self. Empowered with this knowledge, we will explore your values in the present and develop skills that help you both cope with life as it is and create life as you want it to be. I utilize attachment and systems-based orientations in conjunction with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help clients heal and experience their lives more fully.
Welcome! I work with clients that are seeking contentment, authenticity, and connection in their daily life. In our work together, you can expect a balance of exploring the past and present. Understanding the past can reveal invisible patterns, reduce shame, and connect you to your truest self. Empowered with this knowledge, we will explore your values in the present and develop skills that help you both cope with life as it is and create life as you want it to be. I utilize attachment and systems-based orientations in conjunction with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help clients heal and experience their lives more fully.
(310) 496-6636 View (310) 496-6636
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Javier Serna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274  (Online Only)
My name is Javier and my focus as a therapist is to assist people in reaching their life-worth-living goals. I have been providing therapy in community-based mental health since 2013. I focus on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions while also incorporating each individual's strengths including culture to best approach treatment.
My name is Javier and my focus as a therapist is to assist people in reaching their life-worth-living goals. I have been providing therapy in community-based mental health since 2013. I focus on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions while also incorporating each individual's strengths including culture to best approach treatment.
(424) 788-2857 View (424) 788-2857
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Jan Stolpe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90230
I therefore combine in-depth exploration, utilizing psychodynamic/psychoanalytic curiosity, with directive skills use like skills elements from DBT.
Wether you struggle to restore perspective, calm and balance in your life, attempt to heal trauma, depression and anxiety, or seek to discover and pursue greater potential and purpose, I offer a safe, open, curious and non-judgemental place to do just that. Everything you think, feel, do and experience actually makes complete sense - we simply may need some time to understand and appreciate why it does. This growing awareness allows for better design of a life with purposeful future and relief from the past, offering real, actual choice rather than the apparent choice in repetitive, automatic and unconscious routines.
I therefore combine in-depth exploration, utilizing psychodynamic/psychoanalytic curiosity, with directive skills use like skills elements from DBT.
Wether you struggle to restore perspective, calm and balance in your life, attempt to heal trauma, depression and anxiety, or seek to discover and pursue greater potential and purpose, I offer a safe, open, curious and non-judgemental place to do just that. Everything you think, feel, do and experience actually makes complete sense - we simply may need some time to understand and appreciate why it does. This growing awareness allows for better design of a life with purposeful future and relief from the past, offering real, actual choice rather than the apparent choice in repetitive, automatic and unconscious routines.
(323) 430-9081 View (323) 430-9081
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Natalie Moran
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Chatsworth, CA 91311  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself struggling to cope after experiencing hardships? Maybe I can be the right therapist for you. My name is Natalie and I am an AMFT who is passionate about helping teen and young adult survivors of interpersonal violence and other traumas learn how to empower themselves and be strong advocates in their own lives. My approach is mostly Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while also integrating other practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Client Centric Insights, Feminist Insights, Cultural Competence, and Mindfulness Practices.
Do you find yourself struggling to cope after experiencing hardships? Maybe I can be the right therapist for you. My name is Natalie and I am an AMFT who is passionate about helping teen and young adult survivors of interpersonal violence and other traumas learn how to empower themselves and be strong advocates in their own lives. My approach is mostly Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while also integrating other practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Client Centric Insights, Feminist Insights, Cultural Competence, and Mindfulness Practices.
(747) 298-6528 View (747) 298-6528
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Beyond Psychology Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SEP, CGP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
We help you overcome mind and body symptoms to achieve embodied heaven ASAP. You may be overcomplicating your healing, or talking in circles, when something simpler and more fundamental needs to happen at the body-level. There is no doubt: the body keeps the score. We combine traditional talk therapy with body-based practices that work quickly and effectively to transform the nervous system and bring true relief. We treat anxiety, depression, burnout, pain, imposter syndrome, trauma, career, teens, couples, and more. Our science-supported practices include EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, CBT, ACT & DBT
We help you overcome mind and body symptoms to achieve embodied heaven ASAP. You may be overcomplicating your healing, or talking in circles, when something simpler and more fundamental needs to happen at the body-level. There is no doubt: the body keeps the score. We combine traditional talk therapy with body-based practices that work quickly and effectively to transform the nervous system and bring true relief. We treat anxiety, depression, burnout, pain, imposter syndrome, trauma, career, teens, couples, and more. Our science-supported practices include EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, CBT, ACT & DBT
(310) 388-9851 View (310) 388-9851
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Dalena Powell
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
I practice strength-based interventions based in Cognitive Behavioral/Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT/TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Systems Therapy and am certified in EMDR.
I have provided services to help those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma related issues such as domestic violence and childhood abuse amongst many other trauma related experiences, issues relating to self-esteem, Culture Specific/POC, navigating relationships, parenting, marriage, divorce, as well as those needing assistance in adjusting to the many everyday circumstances of life. My focus has been strengthening my client’s inner resources, increasing coping skills, reducing stress and providing a safe, non-judgmental place to process experiences. I work with all age groups.
I practice strength-based interventions based in Cognitive Behavioral/Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT/TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Systems Therapy and am certified in EMDR.
I have provided services to help those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma related issues such as domestic violence and childhood abuse amongst many other trauma related experiences, issues relating to self-esteem, Culture Specific/POC, navigating relationships, parenting, marriage, divorce, as well as those needing assistance in adjusting to the many everyday circumstances of life. My focus has been strengthening my client’s inner resources, increasing coping skills, reducing stress and providing a safe, non-judgmental place to process experiences. I work with all age groups.
(323) 984-7958 View (323) 984-7958
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Amy Sobelman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I utilize proven evidenced-based therapeutic modalities including EMDR, DBT, CBT and mindfulness to help you find relief from distressing symptoms and overcome the barriers keeping you from living your best life.
Do you feel stuck in a cycle of dysfunctional relationships and self-destructive patterns in your life? Are symptoms of anxiety and depression diminishing your quality of life? Do painful memories of the past continue to bother you? Have you tried to resolve these problems on your own or through traditional talk therapy with little success? Most treatment models fail to identify and address the trauma that underlies so many of the problems that people seek help for. A trauma-informed approach to treatment is necessary in order to fully resolve the root of the issues and create meaningful and lasting change.
I utilize proven evidenced-based therapeutic modalities including EMDR, DBT, CBT and mindfulness to help you find relief from distressing symptoms and overcome the barriers keeping you from living your best life.
Do you feel stuck in a cycle of dysfunctional relationships and self-destructive patterns in your life? Are symptoms of anxiety and depression diminishing your quality of life? Do painful memories of the past continue to bother you? Have you tried to resolve these problems on your own or through traditional talk therapy with little success? Most treatment models fail to identify and address the trauma that underlies so many of the problems that people seek help for. A trauma-informed approach to treatment is necessary in order to fully resolve the root of the issues and create meaningful and lasting change.
(424) 323-4083 View (424) 323-4083
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Melanie Maddox
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Are you experiencing challenges in dealing with anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences? Do you struggle with effective communication and setting boundaries in your relationships with others? Life often presents obstacles and difficulties that might lead to these difficulties without proper tools, resources, and guidance. I utilize CBT, DBT, ACT, and Trauma-informed care to help you manage symptoms and promote healing and growth. With a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of each client and their lived experiences, I foster a collaborative and inclusive therapeutic environment.
Are you experiencing challenges in dealing with anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences? Do you struggle with effective communication and setting boundaries in your relationships with others? Life often presents obstacles and difficulties that might lead to these difficulties without proper tools, resources, and guidance. I utilize CBT, DBT, ACT, and Trauma-informed care to help you manage symptoms and promote healing and growth. With a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of each client and their lived experiences, I foster a collaborative and inclusive therapeutic environment.
(323) 375-2483 View (323) 375-2483
Empowering Minds Together Inc
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Our Specialties: Art Therapy Brainspotting CBT Therapy DBT Emotional Freedom Technique EMDR Internal Family Systems MBCT Virtual Reality Therapy.
We believe every person is unique and therefore needs an individually-tailored therapy approach. The philosophy of our practice is to help individuals overcome the challenges that confront them in order to achieve psychological, emotional & mental well-being.
Our Specialties: Art Therapy Brainspotting CBT Therapy DBT Emotional Freedom Technique EMDR Internal Family Systems MBCT Virtual Reality Therapy.
We believe every person is unique and therefore needs an individually-tailored therapy approach. The philosophy of our practice is to help individuals overcome the challenges that confront them in order to achieve psychological, emotional & mental well-being.
(747) 318-4270 x91301 View (747) 318-4270 x91301
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Amy Melchor
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90807
My approach combines modern depth-oriented therapy with practical skills like CBT, DBT, and mindfulness.
Are you struggling with perfectionism or feeling like an outsider? My mission is to create a safe, trusting environment where you can be comfortable to examine yourself and your relationships. I understand opening up can be intimidating, so we'll build a strong foundation of trust together by finding ways to understand where you’re coming from and what you need.
My approach combines modern depth-oriented therapy with practical skills like CBT, DBT, and mindfulness.
Are you struggling with perfectionism or feeling like an outsider? My mission is to create a safe, trusting environment where you can be comfortable to examine yourself and your relationships. I understand opening up can be intimidating, so we'll build a strong foundation of trust together by finding ways to understand where you’re coming from and what you need.
(562) 359-4239 View (562) 359-4239
Jai Long
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Using an ecclectic approach centered around being DBT informed along with Strength-Based, I am able to assist you with assessment of your life, identifying the issues and working collaboratively to develop a treatment plan.
Have you ever reached a place in your life where you have felt stuck and unable to get out of a rut no matter what you do? It's a common occurrence across race, culture, class, gender or whatever other categories we like to use. Things such as anxiety, hopelessness, depression, and lack of ability to navigate interpersonal relationships can serve as roadblocks that keep us get to a place where we feel fulfilled. In a nonjudgmental and safe space, I will work with you to identify these barriers and build the tools and skills necessary for you navigate life and stay on the path toward your personal goals.
Using an ecclectic approach centered around being DBT informed along with Strength-Based, I am able to assist you with assessment of your life, identifying the issues and working collaboratively to develop a treatment plan.
Have you ever reached a place in your life where you have felt stuck and unable to get out of a rut no matter what you do? It's a common occurrence across race, culture, class, gender or whatever other categories we like to use. Things such as anxiety, hopelessness, depression, and lack of ability to navigate interpersonal relationships can serve as roadblocks that keep us get to a place where we feel fulfilled. In a nonjudgmental and safe space, I will work with you to identify these barriers and build the tools and skills necessary for you navigate life and stay on the path toward your personal goals.
(213) 319-4828 View (213) 319-4828
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Sandra (Sandi) Bohle
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MFA, AMFT
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Pasadena, CA 91107  (Online Only)
I work from a Psychodynamic approach synthesized with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and EMDR while incorporating humor, play, and somatic modalities to help individuals address the various challenges that life and relationships often bring.
Personal change and growth come from an encouraging, supportive, safe, compassionate, and empathetic environment where an individual can discover oneself and grow. Are you finding those coping mechanisms which once worked for you no longer are? Do you struggle to find a connection to yourself or others? Are you finding yourself still struggling with things that happened long ago and you don't understand why? Having the courage to work on one’s relationship to self and others can be powerful, deeply healing, and perhaps one of the most loving actions one can do.
I work from a Psychodynamic approach synthesized with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and EMDR while incorporating humor, play, and somatic modalities to help individuals address the various challenges that life and relationships often bring.
Personal change and growth come from an encouraging, supportive, safe, compassionate, and empathetic environment where an individual can discover oneself and grow. Are you finding those coping mechanisms which once worked for you no longer are? Do you struggle to find a connection to yourself or others? Are you finding yourself still struggling with things that happened long ago and you don't understand why? Having the courage to work on one’s relationship to self and others can be powerful, deeply healing, and perhaps one of the most loving actions one can do.
(213) 463-1815 View (213) 463-1815
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Natalie Mark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
I am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and have been trained in several other modalities.
Welcome! First of all, it takes a ton of courage to come to therapy and ask for help, so kudos to you for taking this first step! I have in person and virtual openings for clients in California. I use an eclectic approach to treatment supporting clients who feel “stuck” or “lost” in life. I often use humor in my sessions, because life is hard, and sometimes the most therapeutic thing you can do is laugh! We will work collaboratively to create a safe and comfortable space to understand patterns of behavior that could be negatively impacting your well-being, and work together to help you become the best version of you.
I am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and have been trained in several other modalities.
Welcome! First of all, it takes a ton of courage to come to therapy and ask for help, so kudos to you for taking this first step! I have in person and virtual openings for clients in California. I use an eclectic approach to treatment supporting clients who feel “stuck” or “lost” in life. I often use humor in my sessions, because life is hard, and sometimes the most therapeutic thing you can do is laugh! We will work collaboratively to create a safe and comfortable space to understand patterns of behavior that could be negatively impacting your well-being, and work together to help you become the best version of you.
(818) 647-9958 View (818) 647-9958
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Jessica Beiler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90004
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
As a California-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I offer individual, couples, and family therapy to support the treatment of relational issues, emotional pain, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I believe that person-centered care in a thoughtful, safe, and supportive environment is key to helping clients find more effective ways to confront and explore issues that are negatively impacting their lives. My aim is to help you better understand who you are, resolve inner and interpersonal conflicts, and live authentically in the world.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
As a California-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I offer individual, couples, and family therapy to support the treatment of relational issues, emotional pain, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I believe that person-centered care in a thoughtful, safe, and supportive environment is key to helping clients find more effective ways to confront and explore issues that are negatively impacting their lives. My aim is to help you better understand who you are, resolve inner and interpersonal conflicts, and live authentically in the world.
(310) 742-1308 x705 View (310) 742-1308 x705
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Maryam Ashraf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90814
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
(562) 662-7257 View (562) 662-7257

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Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists

Who is DBT for?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (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.