Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Susan Lambert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92154
I am a therapist who is experienced in using CBT, COD, Brief Therapy, PTSD, Trauma, Grief and Loss, DBT, and Biopsychosocial therapeutic modalities. Understanding where you, the client, is now, in your quest for answers and help for your therapy needs, is where we start. I have experience in helping adults and older adults in identifying the real issues and finding answers that will help to allow for a more enlightened and often calmer existence.
I am a therapist who is experienced in using CBT, COD, Brief Therapy, PTSD, Trauma, Grief and Loss, DBT, and Biopsychosocial therapeutic modalities. Understanding where you, the client, is now, in your quest for answers and help for your therapy needs, is where we start. I have experience in helping adults and older adults in identifying the real issues and finding answers that will help to allow for a more enlightened and often calmer existence.
(619) 648-1219 View (619) 648-1219
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Amber Laurie
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MA, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
I utilize a combined approach of ACT, CBT and DBT.
“I now see that owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – Brené Brown My goal in therapy is to be a strong support for you as you own your story and learn to practice more love and acceptance for yourself. Reaching out to a therapist can be scary and vulnerable, and I hope to provide a safe space for you to identify your goals and begin to make positive, values-based changes toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
I utilize a combined approach of ACT, CBT and DBT.
“I now see that owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – Brené Brown My goal in therapy is to be a strong support for you as you own your story and learn to practice more love and acceptance for yourself. Reaching out to a therapist can be scary and vulnerable, and I hope to provide a safe space for you to identify your goals and begin to make positive, values-based changes toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
(619) 732-5530 View (619) 732-5530
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Naomi Bernal: Hope Therapy Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92117
I utilize evidence-based modalities, which include: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).
Welcome and Congratulations! I am glad you made it here! Just the act of looking for a therapist shows that you are making strides toward recovery! I have experience providing treatment to a variety of clients (youth, Transitional Aged Youths to adults) and settings (School-based, Residential, Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) levels of care). I have knowledge working with dually diagnosed individuals and persons with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and complex conditions such as: Substance Use and Eating Disorders.
I utilize evidence-based modalities, which include: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).
Welcome and Congratulations! I am glad you made it here! Just the act of looking for a therapist shows that you are making strides toward recovery! I have experience providing treatment to a variety of clients (youth, Transitional Aged Youths to adults) and settings (School-based, Residential, Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) levels of care). I have knowledge working with dually diagnosed individuals and persons with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and complex conditions such as: Substance Use and Eating Disorders.
(858) 304-1283 View (858) 304-1283
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Carrie Garrigus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Carrie uses evidence-based techniques, (CBT, DBT, MI, and PST), to develop introspection and awareness, shift unhelpful patterns, confront fears and adopt healthier habits.
Carrie Garrigus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Carrie’s diverse experience includes working with adolescents, families, and adults in a variety of settings from, residential care, outpatient/inpatient, to emergency room, primary care, and correctional settings. In the beginning of her career, Carrie worked with adolescents experiencing trauma and insecure attachments.
Carrie uses evidence-based techniques, (CBT, DBT, MI, and PST), to develop introspection and awareness, shift unhelpful patterns, confront fears and adopt healthier habits.
Carrie Garrigus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Carrie’s diverse experience includes working with adolescents, families, and adults in a variety of settings from, residential care, outpatient/inpatient, to emergency room, primary care, and correctional settings. In the beginning of her career, Carrie worked with adolescents experiencing trauma and insecure attachments.
(619) 319-9563 View (619) 319-9563
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Nicole Woolf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
My approach to therapy is tailored to your needs and may include body/mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Seeking help can be scary and exciting, and it takes a lot of bravery and courage to take the initial step. You may be feeling like you are depressed and anxious due to your trauma. I aim to meet you where you are mentally and emotionally and help you grow, learn skills, and adapt to new changes. We can work together to identify your goals and needs and address the emotional and behavioral challenges you experience.
My approach to therapy is tailored to your needs and may include body/mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Seeking help can be scary and exciting, and it takes a lot of bravery and courage to take the initial step. You may be feeling like you are depressed and anxious due to your trauma. I aim to meet you where you are mentally and emotionally and help you grow, learn skills, and adapt to new changes. We can work together to identify your goals and needs and address the emotional and behavioral challenges you experience.
(760) 258-4024 View (760) 258-4024
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Jordan D Danly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
I provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adults and adolescents with difficulty regulating emotions, maintaining healthy and close relationships, and tolerating distress. I have experience and training working with those who have thoughts or urges for suicide and self harm. I want to help you build the life you have always desired! I am also a trained Gender Therapist and enjoy working with gender-expansive and transgender youth and adults seeking support for their gender identity and/or transition process. In addition, I am a Level 2 Gottman trained Couples Therapist.
I provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adults and adolescents with difficulty regulating emotions, maintaining healthy and close relationships, and tolerating distress. I have experience and training working with those who have thoughts or urges for suicide and self harm. I want to help you build the life you have always desired! I am also a trained Gender Therapist and enjoy working with gender-expansive and transgender youth and adults seeking support for their gender identity and/or transition process. In addition, I am a Level 2 Gottman trained Couples Therapist.
(858) 252-0503 View (858) 252-0503
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Jennifer McDowell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, BCBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
I individualize my theoretical techniques to match my clients personalized needs, among those are CBT, DBT, EMDR, TFCBT, SFBT, and Attachment theory.
Hi and welcome! My name is Jen and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and BCBA. I have 12 + years of experience facilitating support to Children, Adolescents, Individuals and Families as they work towards overcoming their personal mental health/behavioral challenges. Some of these challenges have included Anxiety/Panic, Depression, Issues with Self-Esteem/ Healthy Boundaries, Family Conflict, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Insecure Attachment Styles, Parenting, Co-Dependency and difficulties managing ADHD/ASD.
I individualize my theoretical techniques to match my clients personalized needs, among those are CBT, DBT, EMDR, TFCBT, SFBT, and Attachment theory.
Hi and welcome! My name is Jen and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and BCBA. I have 12 + years of experience facilitating support to Children, Adolescents, Individuals and Families as they work towards overcoming their personal mental health/behavioral challenges. Some of these challenges have included Anxiety/Panic, Depression, Issues with Self-Esteem/ Healthy Boundaries, Family Conflict, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Insecure Attachment Styles, Parenting, Co-Dependency and difficulties managing ADHD/ASD.
(858) 264-2966 View (858) 264-2966
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Claire Deierhoi-Clark
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Are you tired of having unproductive conflict, feeling unheard, or beating yourself up and striving for perfection? I’m a licensed psychologist with several years of specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We can use strategies from CBT and DBT to create a linear, targeted treatment plan to help you believe in yourself, ask for what you want and cope in ways that make you feel better about yourself. Or, if you are struggling with intense emotions and finding this is interfering with your relationship, we can use Gottman Couples therapy to help you and your partner reconnect.
Are you tired of having unproductive conflict, feeling unheard, or beating yourself up and striving for perfection? I’m a licensed psychologist with several years of specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We can use strategies from CBT and DBT to create a linear, targeted treatment plan to help you believe in yourself, ask for what you want and cope in ways that make you feel better about yourself. Or, if you are struggling with intense emotions and finding this is interfering with your relationship, we can use Gottman Couples therapy to help you and your partner reconnect.
(619) 391-2794 View (619) 391-2794
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Meredith Meyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92106
I have received extensive training in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and continue to utilize these models in my work today. Together, they provide effective strategies for change balanced with mindfulness and acceptance. As a clinician, I aim to provide authenticity and evidenced based practices to ensure that you receive effective and compassionate care. I have experience working with individuals from 13 - 90 years old and enjoy having a diverse case load. In addition to DBT and CBT, I have been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Prolonged Exposure.
I have received extensive training in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and continue to utilize these models in my work today. Together, they provide effective strategies for change balanced with mindfulness and acceptance. As a clinician, I aim to provide authenticity and evidenced based practices to ensure that you receive effective and compassionate care. I have experience working with individuals from 13 - 90 years old and enjoy having a diverse case load. In addition to DBT and CBT, I have been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Prolonged Exposure.
(760) 317-4539 View (760) 317-4539
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Nissrine Habhab
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Some of the approaches I implement in my practice to support my clients in their Journey of healing include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational interviewing, Person Centered therapy, and Solution Focused.
As a psychotherapist, I enjoy working with clients facing daily challenges. I aim to assist my clients find their path, develop healthy interpersonal relationships and lead healthy lives where they can function within their community and become self reliant. I support my clients in facing struggles, developing autonomy, and empower them to discover their strengths.
Some of the approaches I implement in my practice to support my clients in their Journey of healing include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational interviewing, Person Centered therapy, and Solution Focused.
As a psychotherapist, I enjoy working with clients facing daily challenges. I aim to assist my clients find their path, develop healthy interpersonal relationships and lead healthy lives where they can function within their community and become self reliant. I support my clients in facing struggles, developing autonomy, and empower them to discover their strengths.
(858) 465-4598 View (858) 465-4598
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Susie VanDyke
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Grief Counseling and have been trained in Shame Counseling, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
Hello, I am Susie VanDyke, and I love working with PTSD, trauma, alcohol use, and substance use issues. I especially enjoy working with veterans, first responders, their families, and anyone going through difficult times. I graduated with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 and have over fifteen years of experience in various mental health and hospital settings, with a concentration in military and first responders. I love helping people improve their lives and want them to feel better as quickly as possible. I enjoy helping people who are feeling hopeless about their situations because of tough circumstances.
I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Grief Counseling and have been trained in Shame Counseling, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
Hello, I am Susie VanDyke, and I love working with PTSD, trauma, alcohol use, and substance use issues. I especially enjoy working with veterans, first responders, their families, and anyone going through difficult times. I graduated with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 and have over fifteen years of experience in various mental health and hospital settings, with a concentration in military and first responders. I love helping people improve their lives and want them to feel better as quickly as possible. I enjoy helping people who are feeling hopeless about their situations because of tough circumstances.
(858) 758-3597 View (858) 758-3597
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Emily Jane Dailey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92116
I specialize in EMDR and DBT therapy.
Do you struggle with emotion regulation, relationship problems, body image, negative thoughts? Unprocessed trauma causes a lot of pain and can be confusing to navigate. It colors every aspect of our lives. I specialize in treating disordered eating, eating disorders, body image, anxiety and other women's health issues.
I specialize in EMDR and DBT therapy.
Do you struggle with emotion regulation, relationship problems, body image, negative thoughts? Unprocessed trauma causes a lot of pain and can be confusing to navigate. It colors every aspect of our lives. I specialize in treating disordered eating, eating disorders, body image, anxiety and other women's health issues.
(619) 393-4531 View (619) 393-4531
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Emma Porterfield
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I also utilize DBT-based skills to complete a toolkit for managing life's twists and turns.
Teenage life can be hard to understand, even when things are going well. Offering individual therapy for teens and pre-teens. Family therapy or parenting training available as well. All of us are living on a spectrum of surviving---------thriving. Whether you need support just getting through each day, or things are more stable and you're looking to grow, I'm here to support you wherever you are at!
I also utilize DBT-based skills to complete a toolkit for managing life's twists and turns.
Teenage life can be hard to understand, even when things are going well. Offering individual therapy for teens and pre-teens. Family therapy or parenting training available as well. All of us are living on a spectrum of surviving---------thriving. Whether you need support just getting through each day, or things are more stable and you're looking to grow, I'm here to support you wherever you are at!
(619) 916-4487 View (619) 916-4487
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Sherri Ardekani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, DBT-LBC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Evidenced based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), provide the therapeutic framework of understanding our thoughts and behaviors.
Accepting CA clients. Are you feeling overwhelmed with life's daily stressors? Do you find that you are not where you want to be in you life? Do you sometimes find yourself anxious, depressed or feeling hopeless and out of balance? A history of trauma, addictions, compulsions, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and other life-interfering behaviors can do that. Together, we will work on removing the emotional, cognitive and behavioral barriers that keep you from achieving your personal goals. My mission is to help you achieve your best self by helping you identify where you are now and create a plan to work towards where you want to be.
Evidenced based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), provide the therapeutic framework of understanding our thoughts and behaviors.
Accepting CA clients. Are you feeling overwhelmed with life's daily stressors? Do you find that you are not where you want to be in you life? Do you sometimes find yourself anxious, depressed or feeling hopeless and out of balance? A history of trauma, addictions, compulsions, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and other life-interfering behaviors can do that. Together, we will work on removing the emotional, cognitive and behavioral barriers that keep you from achieving your personal goals. My mission is to help you achieve your best self by helping you identify where you are now and create a plan to work towards where you want to be.
(314) 802-4722 View (314) 802-4722
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Gayle Henry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
I have additional training in DBT, CBT, CPT, NeuroAffective Touch, Kathy Kain's Touch Skills Training & iRest Yoga Nidra.
I am a LCSW and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of PTSD, addiction, attachment/relational problems, chronic pain, & mood management. You may be interested in decreasing stress & increasing more embodiment. By getting more in touch with your sensations, emotions & thoughts you will not only increase body awareness, but will decrease the physical tension that results from trauma. Whether you are struggling from stress, unhelpful behaviors or difficulty managing your mood, together we can work to increase your resiliency, self-regulation skills and capacity to connect more easily with self & others.
I have additional training in DBT, CBT, CPT, NeuroAffective Touch, Kathy Kain's Touch Skills Training & iRest Yoga Nidra.
I am a LCSW and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of PTSD, addiction, attachment/relational problems, chronic pain, & mood management. You may be interested in decreasing stress & increasing more embodiment. By getting more in touch with your sensations, emotions & thoughts you will not only increase body awareness, but will decrease the physical tension that results from trauma. Whether you are struggling from stress, unhelpful behaviors or difficulty managing your mood, together we can work to increase your resiliency, self-regulation skills and capacity to connect more easily with self & others.
(619) 762-3659 View (619) 762-3659
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Angeline Baucom
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, SUDCC, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
I use various research-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Family Systems.
Clients that have experienced trauma, substance abuse and family issues. Struggling with depression and anxiety.
I use various research-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Family Systems.
Clients that have experienced trauma, substance abuse and family issues. Struggling with depression and anxiety.
(760) 227-5274 View (760) 227-5274
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Brittany Grace
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides therapy to individuals and couples throughout California and Virginia. My services are provided via tele-health therapy. I conduct therapy through a mindfulness approach, utilizing strength-based, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Born and raised in San Diego, I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my master's degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Diego State University.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides therapy to individuals and couples throughout California and Virginia. My services are provided via tele-health therapy. I conduct therapy through a mindfulness approach, utilizing strength-based, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Born and raised in San Diego, I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my master's degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Diego State University.
(619) 333-5774 View (619) 333-5774
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Alyssa Hustwick
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I approach therapy from a psychodynamic perspective while also implementing evidence-based interventions from CBT, DBT, an ACT.
I believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life. To attain fulfillment, we must connect to our emotions, our past, the people we love, what we value, and our purpose. I view therapy as a collaborative process in which we work together to reach personal goals. My aim is to deepen my understanding of each person’s unique experience with warmth and compassion, helping individuals gain insight into themselves, and allowing them to confidently navigate life’s challenges while finding healing and purpose.
I approach therapy from a psychodynamic perspective while also implementing evidence-based interventions from CBT, DBT, an ACT.
I believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life. To attain fulfillment, we must connect to our emotions, our past, the people we love, what we value, and our purpose. I view therapy as a collaborative process in which we work together to reach personal goals. My aim is to deepen my understanding of each person’s unique experience with warmth and compassion, helping individuals gain insight into themselves, and allowing them to confidently navigate life’s challenges while finding healing and purpose.
(619) 746-8686 View (619) 746-8686
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Remy Fang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130  (Online Only)
To meet each client's unique needs, I use a tailored approach, drawing from CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused and more.
:: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS :: I am happy that you are here. I understand just how difficult it can be to make the decision to seek support, to navigate the system and find a therapist that you connect with. The client therapist relationship is truly significant and I believe that with trust and security, it is one of the catalysts for change. With me, I aim to provide you a safe space where you can be wholly you and free of judgement. My approach is warm and empathic, and with your collaboration, I can help you overcome your obstacles and reach your desired goals.
To meet each client's unique needs, I use a tailored approach, drawing from CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused and more.
:: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS :: I am happy that you are here. I understand just how difficult it can be to make the decision to seek support, to navigate the system and find a therapist that you connect with. The client therapist relationship is truly significant and I believe that with trust and security, it is one of the catalysts for change. With me, I aim to provide you a safe space where you can be wholly you and free of judgement. My approach is warm and empathic, and with your collaboration, I can help you overcome your obstacles and reach your desired goals.
(949) 284-2614 View (949) 284-2614
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Emily Kron
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92102  (Online Only)
My approach blends Family Systems and Narrative Therapy, utilizing evidence-based practices, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Attachment Theory.
Welcome to a safe space where you can tell your story, be seen and heard, and embark on a journey towards healing and becoming whole again. I know that starting therapy can be a difficult decision, so congratulations on taking this first step! I am a warm, compassionate, authentic therapist who is open and collaborative with clients and dedicated to helping others. I provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment and will work with you, wherever you are at, to create a unique treatment plan based on your specific needs. I will work with you to cultivate hope and resilience through a client-centered, strengths-based approach.
My approach blends Family Systems and Narrative Therapy, utilizing evidence-based practices, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Attachment Theory.
Welcome to a safe space where you can tell your story, be seen and heard, and embark on a journey towards healing and becoming whole again. I know that starting therapy can be a difficult decision, so congratulations on taking this first step! I am a warm, compassionate, authentic therapist who is open and collaborative with clients and dedicated to helping others. I provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment and will work with you, wherever you are at, to create a unique treatment plan based on your specific needs. I will work with you to cultivate hope and resilience through a client-centered, strengths-based approach.
(619) 848-3719 View (619) 848-3719
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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.