Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Sacramento, CA

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M Ali Meatchem
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95818
Are you looking to improve your relationships, address a particular problem, or move toward your own potential? My approach is collaborative, strengths- based, and focuses on you developing both insight and skills to address your problem. I am passionate about helping individual adults and couples get closer to achieving their own potential and move through difficulties. My experience includes, and preference is to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, and sexual orientations. I tend to integrate cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, among other methods. I look forward to working with you.
Are you looking to improve your relationships, address a particular problem, or move toward your own potential? My approach is collaborative, strengths- based, and focuses on you developing both insight and skills to address your problem. I am passionate about helping individual adults and couples get closer to achieving their own potential and move through difficulties. My experience includes, and preference is to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, and sexual orientations. I tend to integrate cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, among other methods. I look forward to working with you.
(916) 525-8644 View (916) 525-8644
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Dr. Larry Wasson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
My integrative, client centered approach, draws from evidence based modalities, like CBT, ACT, DBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Theory and Mentalization Based Therapy.
Do you struggle with anxiety? Are you a perfectionist? Would you like healthier relationships? I specialize in empowering individuals to enhance their communication skills, foster deeper connections in their relationships, and navigate the challenges of anxiety and perfectionism. I believe that, with skilled guidance, clients can identify what is important to them and increase their ability to engage in behaviors that help them have healthier relationships, improved communication, increased self-esteem, and move toward a life that they find valuable and meaningful.
My integrative, client centered approach, draws from evidence based modalities, like CBT, ACT, DBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Theory and Mentalization Based Therapy.
Do you struggle with anxiety? Are you a perfectionist? Would you like healthier relationships? I specialize in empowering individuals to enhance their communication skills, foster deeper connections in their relationships, and navigate the challenges of anxiety and perfectionism. I believe that, with skilled guidance, clients can identify what is important to them and increase their ability to engage in behaviors that help them have healthier relationships, improved communication, increased self-esteem, and move toward a life that they find valuable and meaningful.
(530) 296-3168 View (530) 296-3168
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Monique VandenBos Parts Work and EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
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.
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 View (916) 943-4604
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Nicole Barksdale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825  (Online Only)
I’ve been providing psychotherapy for a wide range of issues and populations for the last 10 years. For the first few years of my clinical career, I worked with children and families both in the office and on school campuses. I would describe my therapeutic approach as goal-oriented and client-centered. Treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is at the forefront of my practice. My counseling style is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy among others.
I’ve been providing psychotherapy for a wide range of issues and populations for the last 10 years. For the first few years of my clinical career, I worked with children and families both in the office and on school campuses. I would describe my therapeutic approach as goal-oriented and client-centered. Treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is at the forefront of my practice. My counseling style is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy among others.
(657) 837-5881 View (657) 837-5881
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Marcy Stafsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95838
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Art Therapist, Board Certified. I view therapy as a creative process that promotes self-expression to aid clients in moving through blocks and to work towards achieving their goals. I meet my clients with empathy and compassion and work collaboratively to identify treatment priorities. The treatment modalities I use are art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (consists of a skill set combined with mindfulness focused on helping clients gain more control of their emotions), psychodynamic therapy, and trauma focused CBT.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Art Therapist, Board Certified. I view therapy as a creative process that promotes self-expression to aid clients in moving through blocks and to work towards achieving their goals. I meet my clients with empathy and compassion and work collaboratively to identify treatment priorities. The treatment modalities I use are art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (consists of a skill set combined with mindfulness focused on helping clients gain more control of their emotions), psychodynamic therapy, and trauma focused CBT.
(916) 313-5943 View (916) 313-5943
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Danielle Laughter
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
I draw from interventions based in CBT, DBT, MBCT, strength-based and person-centered therapies.
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we plan, and it's difficult to know how to navigate through the challenges we confront. Finding a therapist can be intimidating, and it takes courage to take the first step--so congratulations! Building rapport and trust are essential toward developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship. Therapy should never be a “one size fits all” approach, and I hope to help you feel validated and supported by acknowledging your own unique life journey. I work hard at creating an emotionally safe environment where you can feel free from biases and judgment.
I draw from interventions based in CBT, DBT, MBCT, strength-based and person-centered therapies.
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we plan, and it's difficult to know how to navigate through the challenges we confront. Finding a therapist can be intimidating, and it takes courage to take the first step--so congratulations! Building rapport and trust are essential toward developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship. Therapy should never be a “one size fits all” approach, and I hope to help you feel validated and supported by acknowledging your own unique life journey. I work hard at creating an emotionally safe environment where you can feel free from biases and judgment.
(916) 796-1263 View (916) 796-1263
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Life and Liberation
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95821
I practice EMDR and DBT in order to help my clients to overcome trauma history and to help them live and enjoy life mindfully.
I primarily work with Farsi and Dari speaking refugees who have been exposed to hardship and war. I also see teenagers who are going through identity crisis and transitional periods from childhood to adulthood. I see couples coming from traditional backgrounds trying to save their marriage by adjusting to mainstream culture. Finally, I see individuals with low-self esteem, confidence, and decision making issues.
I practice EMDR and DBT in order to help my clients to overcome trauma history and to help them live and enjoy life mindfully.
I primarily work with Farsi and Dari speaking refugees who have been exposed to hardship and war. I also see teenagers who are going through identity crisis and transitional periods from childhood to adulthood. I see couples coming from traditional backgrounds trying to save their marriage by adjusting to mainstream culture. Finally, I see individuals with low-self esteem, confidence, and decision making issues.
(650) 866-1151 View (650) 866-1151
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Aaron Horne
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95815
I emphasize close collaboration with my clients and use a combination of psychological theories in session: Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I strongly believe clients are the experts in their own experience and that their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs should be valued as such. In working together we will aim to find a deeper awareness and understanding of your personal value system, and explore how living in alignment with those values can create motivation to take appropriate action that promotes optimal mental-emotional health. We can explore how your current strengths (talents, relationships, resources, and community connections) can be used to support your goals for improved living and functioning.
I emphasize close collaboration with my clients and use a combination of psychological theories in session: Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I strongly believe clients are the experts in their own experience and that their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs should be valued as such. In working together we will aim to find a deeper awareness and understanding of your personal value system, and explore how living in alignment with those values can create motivation to take appropriate action that promotes optimal mental-emotional health. We can explore how your current strengths (talents, relationships, resources, and community connections) can be used to support your goals for improved living and functioning.
(916) 354-6531 View (916) 354-6531
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Lourdes E Medina
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95828  (Online Only)
I have experience in utilizing various therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
My name is Lourdes Medina and am bilingual Spanish Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am passionate about helping individuals at different phases of life, break cycles associated with generational trauma and unhealthy patterns, in order to find their voice, set boundaries and develop a better version of themselves. My philosophy is providing an open, friendly and non-judgmental stance with each patient I meet. I appreciate getting to know the patient as a human being and being able to assist each patient in becoming a better version of themselves.
I have experience in utilizing various therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
My name is Lourdes Medina and am bilingual Spanish Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am passionate about helping individuals at different phases of life, break cycles associated with generational trauma and unhealthy patterns, in order to find their voice, set boundaries and develop a better version of themselves. My philosophy is providing an open, friendly and non-judgmental stance with each patient I meet. I appreciate getting to know the patient as a human being and being able to assist each patient in becoming a better version of themselves.
(916) 776-5253 View (916) 776-5253
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Natasha Simon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95828  (Online Only)
I hold a master's degree in Social Work from USC and I have been licensed for 11 years. I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field providing individual, family, group, and couples therapy. My specialty is working with emotion dysregulation, depression, complex trauma, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting. I use principles of psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and DBT to create the individualized treatment plan that works best for you.
I hold a master's degree in Social Work from USC and I have been licensed for 11 years. I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field providing individual, family, group, and couples therapy. My specialty is working with emotion dysregulation, depression, complex trauma, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting. I use principles of psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and DBT to create the individualized treatment plan that works best for you.
(916) 824-3416 View (916) 824-3416
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Rabiia Ali
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95817
My therapy modality is dialectical behavior therapy integrated with person-centered/humanistic theory.
I am the therapist that likes to meet you where you are and ensure that your therapy is exactly what you would like. I specialize in trauma recovery, anxiety, depression and mental health treatment and I am skilled in assisting you to become unstuck and meet your treatment goals. Let's go on this journey together.
My therapy modality is dialectical behavior therapy integrated with person-centered/humanistic theory.
I am the therapist that likes to meet you where you are and ensure that your therapy is exactly what you would like. I specialize in trauma recovery, anxiety, depression and mental health treatment and I am skilled in assisting you to become unstuck and meet your treatment goals. Let's go on this journey together.
(916) 260-0709 View (916) 260-0709
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Kelsey J. Parker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95827
My theoretical orientations include Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Brief therapy, Grief and Loss.
I work with individuals, couples, families, and children. I believe when relationships are torn apart due to unresolved issues, severe life stressors and negative behaviors affect life functioning.The last alternative anyone wants to seek is guidance. Allow me to help develop reachable and attainable goals and outcomes.
My theoretical orientations include Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Brief therapy, Grief and Loss.
I work with individuals, couples, families, and children. I believe when relationships are torn apart due to unresolved issues, severe life stressors and negative behaviors affect life functioning.The last alternative anyone wants to seek is guidance. Allow me to help develop reachable and attainable goals and outcomes.
(916) 414-9929 View (916) 414-9929
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Nona Khara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95834  (Online Only)
My approach is drawn from both classic and contemporary evidence-based theories including attachment, psychodynamic, humanistic/existential, acceptance-commitment, trauma-focused, cognitive behavior & dialectical behavior therapy.
We all endure challenges at some point or another in our lives yet we continue to strive forward to find peace, solace, content, or happiness. Therapy can help identify those goals, overcome barriers, and henceforth, head toward betterment & enrichment via personal growth.
My approach is drawn from both classic and contemporary evidence-based theories including attachment, psychodynamic, humanistic/existential, acceptance-commitment, trauma-focused, cognitive behavior & dialectical behavior therapy.
We all endure challenges at some point or another in our lives yet we continue to strive forward to find peace, solace, content, or happiness. Therapy can help identify those goals, overcome barriers, and henceforth, head toward betterment & enrichment via personal growth.
(916) 472-0960 View (916) 472-0960
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Stephen Bryant Walker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
As a licensed psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher, clients receive compassionate support and encouragement to bring mindfulness and kindness to their problems, issues and life goals. Traditional psychotherapy is complementary to the meditative traditions which emphasize non-judgmental awareness, energy and the cultivation of positive emotions. Stephen graduated from the Professional School of Psychology in 1992. He has had specialized training in Buddhist Psychology, Gestalt, EMDR, Hypnotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. He teaches core mindfulness skills and meditation in daily life.
As a licensed psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher, clients receive compassionate support and encouragement to bring mindfulness and kindness to their problems, issues and life goals. Traditional psychotherapy is complementary to the meditative traditions which emphasize non-judgmental awareness, energy and the cultivation of positive emotions. Stephen graduated from the Professional School of Psychology in 1992. He has had specialized training in Buddhist Psychology, Gestalt, EMDR, Hypnotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. He teaches core mindfulness skills and meditation in daily life.
(916) 251-9986 View (916) 251-9986
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Heather Waddle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95820  (Online Only)
Welcome! Starting on a healing journey in therapy can be intimidating, but I'm here to make your experience a positive one. Using empathy and going at your pace is my goal. I have experience working with adults with a variety of symptoms. I have a passion working with depression, trauma, anxiety, gender dysphoria, formerly incarcerated, and substance misuse. I am competent in Narrative, CBT, DBT, restorative justice, and trauma focused approaches. I also have experience working with first responders including correctional staff. In addition, I have specialized training working with gender dysphoria and gender affirming assessments.
Welcome! Starting on a healing journey in therapy can be intimidating, but I'm here to make your experience a positive one. Using empathy and going at your pace is my goal. I have experience working with adults with a variety of symptoms. I have a passion working with depression, trauma, anxiety, gender dysphoria, formerly incarcerated, and substance misuse. I am competent in Narrative, CBT, DBT, restorative justice, and trauma focused approaches. I also have experience working with first responders including correctional staff. In addition, I have specialized training working with gender dysphoria and gender affirming assessments.
(916) 623-1980 View (916) 623-1980
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Carol Knight
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
I have received specialized training in EFT for couples, CBT, DBT & Motivational Interviewing.
I work with adults and couples using a relational approach that emphasizes connection: being seen, heard, and valued for who you are and where you are in your journey. My goal is to create a welcoming, nurturing, non-judgmental space where you feel safe to share your needs and explore the factors and patterns that may be impacting your quality of life. As an immigrant, I am particularly sensitive to the many ways different people show vulnerability, and strive to take multicultural, interpersonal, and contextual factors into account in order to get to know the multiple identities forming our whole selves.
I have received specialized training in EFT for couples, CBT, DBT & Motivational Interviewing.
I work with adults and couples using a relational approach that emphasizes connection: being seen, heard, and valued for who you are and where you are in your journey. My goal is to create a welcoming, nurturing, non-judgmental space where you feel safe to share your needs and explore the factors and patterns that may be impacting your quality of life. As an immigrant, I am particularly sensitive to the many ways different people show vulnerability, and strive to take multicultural, interpersonal, and contextual factors into account in order to get to know the multiple identities forming our whole selves.
(916) 665-4251 View (916) 665-4251
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Stewart Bloom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
Hello, I received a Masters degree from the Boston University School of Social Work, postgraduate training in addiction, couples treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief therapy at the Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital; licensed since 1990. Areas of expertise include addiction disorders, dual-diagnosis and couples therapy. I work with adults and youth experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disturbances and trauma; and utilize evidence-based interventions including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical, motivational and trauma-focused care. My goal is to help people attain wellness efficiently, thoroughly and safely.
Hello, I received a Masters degree from the Boston University School of Social Work, postgraduate training in addiction, couples treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief therapy at the Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital; licensed since 1990. Areas of expertise include addiction disorders, dual-diagnosis and couples therapy. I work with adults and youth experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disturbances and trauma; and utilize evidence-based interventions including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical, motivational and trauma-focused care. My goal is to help people attain wellness efficiently, thoroughly and safely.
(916) 545-7594 View (916) 545-7594
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Melissa Ramirez
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
I tailor each session to fit each client's unique needs, pace, and goals using CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy through collaboration, client-centered, and strengths-based techniques.
Life is full of challenges to personal growth, and these issues often bring up feelings of fear and uncertainty. These and other difficult emotions may affect how you view yourself and relationships. We'll collaborate to create a safe space for exploring, unpacking, and navigating what's getting in the way of building the life you want. Our sessions will be aimed at healing from intergenerational trauma and inherited fears to release you from the negative self-talk hindering you. My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, client-centered, and strengths-based to support you in identifying and reworking unhelpful thinking patterns.
I tailor each session to fit each client's unique needs, pace, and goals using CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy through collaboration, client-centered, and strengths-based techniques.
Life is full of challenges to personal growth, and these issues often bring up feelings of fear and uncertainty. These and other difficult emotions may affect how you view yourself and relationships. We'll collaborate to create a safe space for exploring, unpacking, and navigating what's getting in the way of building the life you want. Our sessions will be aimed at healing from intergenerational trauma and inherited fears to release you from the negative self-talk hindering you. My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, client-centered, and strengths-based to support you in identifying and reworking unhelpful thinking patterns.
(916) 848-5907 View (916) 848-5907
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Jane Teixeira
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
I am trained in CBT, DBT, IFS, and EFT and certified in Brainspotting, which is similar to EMDR, and often used for trauma work and performance.
Hello and welcome! If you'd like to create more space for joy, connection, and calm in your life, I would love to work with you! I specialize in treating depression, trauma, anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, body image issues, and perfectionism. I use a person-centered approach and mindfulness to help create a safe space for you to reflect on your relationship patterns and goals. I also like to infuse behavioral therapy techniques to help you hone in on concrete steps you can take to make active changes in your life. I hope to help you find more meaning, creativity, and joy in life.
I am trained in CBT, DBT, IFS, and EFT and certified in Brainspotting, which is similar to EMDR, and often used for trauma work and performance.
Hello and welcome! If you'd like to create more space for joy, connection, and calm in your life, I would love to work with you! I specialize in treating depression, trauma, anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, body image issues, and perfectionism. I use a person-centered approach and mindfulness to help create a safe space for you to reflect on your relationship patterns and goals. I also like to infuse behavioral therapy techniques to help you hone in on concrete steps you can take to make active changes in your life. I hope to help you find more meaning, creativity, and joy in life.
(916) 634-0156 View (916) 634-0156
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Kristi Abbott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95826  (Online Only)
I use CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and IFS.
Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from California who has worked in the mental health field for 16 years. I received my BA in Psychology from UC Davis and my Master of Social Work from San Diego State University. I treat adults with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, life transitions & changes, and stress. I am also trained in providing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and can provide therapy that focuses on processing and integrating those experience for long-lasting healing.
I use CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and IFS.
Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from California who has worked in the mental health field for 16 years. I received my BA in Psychology from UC Davis and my Master of Social Work from San Diego State University. I treat adults with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, life transitions & changes, and stress. I am also trained in providing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and can provide therapy that focuses on processing and integrating those experience for long-lasting healing.
(279) 888-9619 View (279) 888-9619

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.