Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Debra Stambaugh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW, CT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60651
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained and I utilize other modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness Based Therapy.
My experience includes working with grief, loss, anticipatory grief and trauma. Anxiety, panic and mood disorders. Lifestyle concerns and modifications including chronic illness, pain and co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse) disorders. I am certified in thanatology (death, dying & bereavement) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) from EMDRA.
I am trained and I utilize other modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness Based Therapy.
My experience includes working with grief, loss, anticipatory grief and trauma. Anxiety, panic and mood disorders. Lifestyle concerns and modifications including chronic illness, pain and co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse) disorders. I am certified in thanatology (death, dying & bereavement) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) from EMDRA.
(847) 278-9406 View (847) 278-9406
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Susan Foti McClanahan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
As co-founder of SpringSource Psychological Center, I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. We have a fantastic team of talented doctors and therapists at SpringSource who are immediately available to help new clients in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, infertility, and relationship issues and provide care that is grounded in evidence-based treatments (including DBT, ACT, CPT, MBCT, and more).
As co-founder of SpringSource Psychological Center, I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. We have a fantastic team of talented doctors and therapists at SpringSource who are immediately available to help new clients in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, infertility, and relationship issues and provide care that is grounded in evidence-based treatments (including DBT, ACT, CPT, MBCT, and more).
(773) 312-3222 View (773) 312-3222
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Abby Levin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AM, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60611
I utilize behavioral therapy approaches of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).
I view the therapeutic relationship as collaborative, and I strive to create a secure space for you to deepen your self-awareness, cultivate sustainable coping strategies, and clarify your values. I often work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, disordered eating habits, body image distress, or life transitions. Many clients enter therapy with a desire to feel more connected to themselves. In our work, we will identify the ways in which you may be engaging in avoidance or other unhelpful patterns. In our process, you will reconnect with what you need to experience a more vibrant and fulfilling life.
I utilize behavioral therapy approaches of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).
I view the therapeutic relationship as collaborative, and I strive to create a secure space for you to deepen your self-awareness, cultivate sustainable coping strategies, and clarify your values. I often work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, disordered eating habits, body image distress, or life transitions. Many clients enter therapy with a desire to feel more connected to themselves. In our work, we will identify the ways in which you may be engaging in avoidance or other unhelpful patterns. In our process, you will reconnect with what you need to experience a more vibrant and fulfilling life.
(872) 250-4964 View (872) 250-4964
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Jillian Larmon
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is often what I go back to when discussing different steps of recovery including distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.
Most often, I have worked with clients with eating disorders, life transitions, and mood disorders. I believe in a harm-reduction approach that allows autonomy and collaboration within the relationship. My goal is to guide clients to a more meaningful life that is reflective of their own values. I will always plan to meet a client where they are at in recovery. That might include this being your first therapy experience, or your hundredth and we need to find what will work for you to have a sustainable recovery.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is often what I go back to when discussing different steps of recovery including distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.
Most often, I have worked with clients with eating disorders, life transitions, and mood disorders. I believe in a harm-reduction approach that allows autonomy and collaboration within the relationship. My goal is to guide clients to a more meaningful life that is reflective of their own values. I will always plan to meet a client where they are at in recovery. That might include this being your first therapy experience, or your hundredth and we need to find what will work for you to have a sustainable recovery.
(708) 581-8743 View (708) 581-8743
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Don Lampkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60615  (Online Only)
With training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and more, I offer evidence-based mental health support.
Navigating psychological distress can disrupt our ability to lead productive, prosperous lives. Whether you're grappling with grief, managing a chronic health condition, experiencing relationship or parenting challenges, questioning faith and spirituality, or facing issues related to sexuality and intimacy, finding relief is paramount.
With training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and more, I offer evidence-based mental health support.
Navigating psychological distress can disrupt our ability to lead productive, prosperous lives. Whether you're grappling with grief, managing a chronic health condition, experiencing relationship or parenting challenges, questioning faith and spirituality, or facing issues related to sexuality and intimacy, finding relief is paramount.
(872) 276-8240 View (872) 276-8240
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Tova Gottlieb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I'm also trained in CBT, DBT, ACT, and trauma-informed & psychodynamic theories.
I'm a big fan of being human and in my office, I try to empower you to embrace all the messy yet beautiful emotions and experiences that come with being human. Many of life's events such as the diagnosis of a chronic illness, divorce, work or school issues, relationship issues, and life transitions can feel overwhelming with a roller-coaster of emotions. I can offer you a safe, engaging, and non-judgmental space to help you through all the challenges that life brings. I specialize in working with individuals (adolescents ages 5+, young adults, adults) to better manage daily stressors and any expected & unexpected life transitions.
I'm also trained in CBT, DBT, ACT, and trauma-informed & psychodynamic theories.
I'm a big fan of being human and in my office, I try to empower you to embrace all the messy yet beautiful emotions and experiences that come with being human. Many of life's events such as the diagnosis of a chronic illness, divorce, work or school issues, relationship issues, and life transitions can feel overwhelming with a roller-coaster of emotions. I can offer you a safe, engaging, and non-judgmental space to help you through all the challenges that life brings. I specialize in working with individuals (adolescents ages 5+, young adults, adults) to better manage daily stressors and any expected & unexpected life transitions.
(773) 692-2224 View (773) 692-2224
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Jacqueline Diggs
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60641  (Online Only)
My approach is person-centered, strengths based, and I incorporate CBT, DBT, relational therapy, and mindfulness within my clinical practice.
I am deeply committed to providing a secure, reflective, non-judgmental space for Women of Color to process their pain, express their joy, give voice to their desires, and challenge fears.
My approach is person-centered, strengths based, and I incorporate CBT, DBT, relational therapy, and mindfulness within my clinical practice.
I am deeply committed to providing a secure, reflective, non-judgmental space for Women of Color to process their pain, express their joy, give voice to their desires, and challenge fears.
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Victoria Ann Kessinger
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Victoria is the founder of Great Lakes Therapy Center (GLTC) and a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Therapist. At GLTC, she provides individual therapy, leads DBT skills groups and supervises other therapists. She has many years of experience providing comprehensive DBT and specializes in treating Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition to providing DBT, Victoria uses the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Victoria is the founder of Great Lakes Therapy Center (GLTC) and a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Therapist. At GLTC, she provides individual therapy, leads DBT skills groups and supervises other therapists. She has many years of experience providing comprehensive DBT and specializes in treating Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition to providing DBT, Victoria uses the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
(312) 313-0481 View (312) 313-0481
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Nadia Parfenova
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
My approach to therapy is integrative as I pull from both more directive approaches (CBT, DBT) and client-centered guidance and support to treat anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, trauma, relationship concerns and self esteem issues.
I believe that autonomy and intrinsic motivation are key elements in creating positive change. The stress of living in a complicated, fast-paced world can make it difficult to find these things within ourselves. Maybe you're feeling stuck, looking to make a change, or just need a supportive environment to help you cope. My goal is to provide a collaborative therapeutic relationship and a non-judgmental, respectful, welcoming space in which my clients can develop insight into their own strengths and values, as well as the challenges that may be inhibiting personal growth.
My approach to therapy is integrative as I pull from both more directive approaches (CBT, DBT) and client-centered guidance and support to treat anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, trauma, relationship concerns and self esteem issues.
I believe that autonomy and intrinsic motivation are key elements in creating positive change. The stress of living in a complicated, fast-paced world can make it difficult to find these things within ourselves. Maybe you're feeling stuck, looking to make a change, or just need a supportive environment to help you cope. My goal is to provide a collaborative therapeutic relationship and a non-judgmental, respectful, welcoming space in which my clients can develop insight into their own strengths and values, as well as the challenges that may be inhibiting personal growth.
(773) 207-4184 View (773) 207-4184
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Jennifer Week
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
I utilize evidence-based practices, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP).
You’re trying to overcome the effects of trauma or you’re having difficulty coping with a recent life transition, such as adjusting to college, a new career, relationship issues, or a new diagnosis. You feel like you have tried everything to manage your anxiety or depression, but you’re just feeling stuck. Making long-lasting change can be difficult, but therapy can help you to discover new ways of coping. Together, we will take steps to meet your goals and bring awareness to patterns of thoughts and behaviors that have developed over time.
I utilize evidence-based practices, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP).
You’re trying to overcome the effects of trauma or you’re having difficulty coping with a recent life transition, such as adjusting to college, a new career, relationship issues, or a new diagnosis. You feel like you have tried everything to manage your anxiety or depression, but you’re just feeling stuck. Making long-lasting change can be difficult, but therapy can help you to discover new ways of coping. Together, we will take steps to meet your goals and bring awareness to patterns of thoughts and behaviors that have developed over time.
(312) 535-7016 View (312) 535-7016
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Elizabeth Newman
Counselor, LCPC, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
I have training and experience with DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness.
I want perspective clients to know I genuinely care about the people I work with, and have a passion for joining people on their journey to a new self. The fact that you are searching for a therapist shows you would like something to change. We can often lose perspective about situations and how we deal with them. This can also be a result of things we have buried from our past, or relationships that did not support us in the way we needed.
I have training and experience with DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness.
I want perspective clients to know I genuinely care about the people I work with, and have a passion for joining people on their journey to a new self. The fact that you are searching for a therapist shows you would like something to change. We can often lose perspective about situations and how we deal with them. This can also be a result of things we have buried from our past, or relationships that did not support us in the way we needed.
(224) 814-5302 View (224) 814-5302
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Rakhi Shingala
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60630
Hi, I am Rakhi, a therapist at Path Mental Health. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Therapist (LCPC) and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). I have more than 10 years of experience helping individuals harness their potential to move towards their desired goals, facilitating change and healing. I use a client-centered approach, focusing on empathy, open-mindedness, and unconditional positive regard. I also incorporate Dialectic Behaviors Therapy (DBT), to improve insight, resilience, mindfulness, and emotional regulation. I do psychosomatic work to strengthen mind-body connections.
Hi, I am Rakhi, a therapist at Path Mental Health. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Therapist (LCPC) and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). I have more than 10 years of experience helping individuals harness their potential to move towards their desired goals, facilitating change and healing. I use a client-centered approach, focusing on empathy, open-mindedness, and unconditional positive regard. I also incorporate Dialectic Behaviors Therapy (DBT), to improve insight, resilience, mindfulness, and emotional regulation. I do psychosomatic work to strengthen mind-body connections.
(773) 694-1373 View (773) 694-1373
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Alexis Kraus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with teens and adults diagnosed with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, thought disorders, substance use disorders, and trauma histories and I am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
You might be feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to. Therapy is an essential practice that will help you understand your challenges and bring you the happiness you deserve. I will be there to support and guide you as you grow into the person you want to be. My goal as a therapist is to help you overcome obstacles and develop the skills needed to improve your overall well-being. I provide a warm and non-judgmental space for you to be truly heard so that you can communicate your authentic thoughts and feelings in a safe place.
I have extensive experience working with teens and adults diagnosed with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, thought disorders, substance use disorders, and trauma histories and I am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
You might be feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to. Therapy is an essential practice that will help you understand your challenges and bring you the happiness you deserve. I will be there to support and guide you as you grow into the person you want to be. My goal as a therapist is to help you overcome obstacles and develop the skills needed to improve your overall well-being. I provide a warm and non-judgmental space for you to be truly heard so that you can communicate your authentic thoughts and feelings in a safe place.
(872) 278-3711 View (872) 278-3711
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Brooke Blankenship
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
I believe in a collaborative approach to therapy and seek to empower my clients through collaboration in treatment. My worldview and theoretical approach is rooted in a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and social justic framework and utilizes interventions from methodologies such as Somatic Experiencing, existentialism, psychodynamic, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Therapy can be a powerful tool to hold space for clients and I come from a place of empowerment to help give clients space to process and dialogue through thoughts and feelings.
I believe in a collaborative approach to therapy and seek to empower my clients through collaboration in treatment. My worldview and theoretical approach is rooted in a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and social justic framework and utilizes interventions from methodologies such as Somatic Experiencing, existentialism, psychodynamic, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Therapy can be a powerful tool to hold space for clients and I come from a place of empowerment to help give clients space to process and dialogue through thoughts and feelings.
(773) 692-1680 View (773) 692-1680
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Jaci Biere
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60626  (Online Only)
I use an integrative approach to therapy based on client’s needs, and pull from my training in Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness Practices, and DBT.
My name is Jaci Biere, and I am an LCSW who has been working in the mental health field for the past 9 years. Are you going through a difficult season in your life, and need help feeling like yourself again? Are you carrying a lot, feeling overwhelmed, and feeling like your life isn’t totally in your control anymore? Are you riddled with anxiety, held back by insecurities, or finding it difficult to self-motivate to do the things you used to enjoy? Are you recovering from a trauma, or trying to navigate a fracture in one of your relationships? You are not alone in your feelings, and I am here to help.
I use an integrative approach to therapy based on client’s needs, and pull from my training in Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness Practices, and DBT.
My name is Jaci Biere, and I am an LCSW who has been working in the mental health field for the past 9 years. Are you going through a difficult season in your life, and need help feeling like yourself again? Are you carrying a lot, feeling overwhelmed, and feeling like your life isn’t totally in your control anymore? Are you riddled with anxiety, held back by insecurities, or finding it difficult to self-motivate to do the things you used to enjoy? Are you recovering from a trauma, or trying to navigate a fracture in one of your relationships? You are not alone in your feelings, and I am here to help.
(616) 439-6543 View (616) 439-6543
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Daniel S Binaei
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
I also draw on 10 years of experience utilizing CBT/DBT approaches to provide immediate relief from high levels of distress.
I am accepting new clients and conducting ZOOM sessions. I have a Holistic perspective in my approach to psychotherapy, rooted in an interest in spirituality, social justice, and meditation. I have focused on working with clients with Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Relationship Issues and Grief and Loss. In addition to my Psychotherapy practice, I have provided Clinical Supervision to MA-level therapists working in community counseling.
I also draw on 10 years of experience utilizing CBT/DBT approaches to provide immediate relief from high levels of distress.
I am accepting new clients and conducting ZOOM sessions. I have a Holistic perspective in my approach to psychotherapy, rooted in an interest in spirituality, social justice, and meditation. I have focused on working with clients with Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Relationship Issues and Grief and Loss. In addition to my Psychotherapy practice, I have provided Clinical Supervision to MA-level therapists working in community counseling.
(773) 649-9385 View (773) 649-9385
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Natalie Rasa
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing to facilitate healing.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder? These are areas I specialize in and will collaborate with you to facilitate healing. If you woke up tomorrow and your life was exactly the way you wanted it, what would your life look or feel like? Let's see how close to that vision we can get. Clients I work best with are those who are motivated to change and looking to evolve their perspectives and life. We will work together to get you to that place where you are confident, full of self-love and attract fruitful opportunities to your life..
I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing to facilitate healing.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder? These are areas I specialize in and will collaborate with you to facilitate healing. If you woke up tomorrow and your life was exactly the way you wanted it, what would your life look or feel like? Let's see how close to that vision we can get. Clients I work best with are those who are motivated to change and looking to evolve their perspectives and life. We will work together to get you to that place where you are confident, full of self-love and attract fruitful opportunities to your life..
(312) 757-8094 View (312) 757-8094
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Melissa Koontz
Counselor, LCPC, RYT
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
I utilize methods from ACT and DBT, as well as somatic/mindfulness practices.
Life can be overwhelming, unpredictable, and painful. Our lived experiences can influence the paths we take, but they don't have to define us. I work with clients who are looking to take a deeper look at emotional and behavioral patterns, better understand their personal needs, and heal from past wounds to create their meaningful life. My clients may struggle with issues including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, negative body image, or trauma/PTSD, as well as issues such as life transition, stress management, or relationship issues.
I utilize methods from ACT and DBT, as well as somatic/mindfulness practices.
Life can be overwhelming, unpredictable, and painful. Our lived experiences can influence the paths we take, but they don't have to define us. I work with clients who are looking to take a deeper look at emotional and behavioral patterns, better understand their personal needs, and heal from past wounds to create their meaningful life. My clients may struggle with issues including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, negative body image, or trauma/PTSD, as well as issues such as life transition, stress management, or relationship issues.
(312) 584-9488 View (312) 584-9488
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Megan Lappa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Megan’s therapeutic work is influenced by evidenced based best practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Megan received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Megan has experience working in an outpatient setting as well as Partial Hospitalization Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs. She has worked at a Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program at Rogers Behavioral Health, conducting individual and group therapy.
Megan’s therapeutic work is influenced by evidenced based best practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Megan received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Megan has experience working in an outpatient setting as well as Partial Hospitalization Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs. She has worked at a Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program at Rogers Behavioral Health, conducting individual and group therapy.
(312) 820-9156 View (312) 820-9156
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Nicholas J Piechotte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, CADC, EMDR
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I approach therapy with positivity, mindfulness, humor and goals. I am a certified substance abuse counselor and an EMDR trained clinician. I also incorporate spirituality to holistically treat my clients mind, body and soul. My clinical skills are rooted in CBT, DBT, Psycho-dynamic and Motivational Interviewing.
I approach therapy with positivity, mindfulness, humor and goals. I am a certified substance abuse counselor and an EMDR trained clinician. I also incorporate spirituality to holistically treat my clients mind, body and soul. My clinical skills are rooted in CBT, DBT, Psycho-dynamic and Motivational Interviewing.
(312) 874-5275 View (312) 874-5275
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.