Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Indianapolis, IN

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Megan Wales Simpson
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LCPC
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Specific training in CBT, DBT, ACT, and Brief Strategic Family Therapy.
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Miami University and my Master's degree in Counseling from Indiana University. I have experience in working with adults, teens, couples, families, and groups. Overall, I enjoy engaging people in psychotherapy by creating a safe, validating, and collaborative environment. I believe in taking the time to explore emotions and thoughts, while also providing people with tools to manage stress or specific symptoms. I enjoy identifying clients' strengths to help elevate them and create confidence in their ability to better manage stress.
Specific training in CBT, DBT, ACT, and Brief Strategic Family Therapy.
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Miami University and my Master's degree in Counseling from Indiana University. I have experience in working with adults, teens, couples, families, and groups. Overall, I enjoy engaging people in psychotherapy by creating a safe, validating, and collaborative environment. I believe in taking the time to explore emotions and thoughts, while also providing people with tools to manage stress or specific symptoms. I enjoy identifying clients' strengths to help elevate them and create confidence in their ability to better manage stress.
(463) 219-1569 View (463) 219-1569
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Samuel Hockley
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
I have utilized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to great effect with many clients.
I believe that starting therapy is a healthy and deeply rewarding experience. I strive to create a compassionate atmosphere for my clients while taking a collaborative approach to help clients reach their goals.
I have utilized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to great effect with many clients.
I believe that starting therapy is a healthy and deeply rewarding experience. I strive to create a compassionate atmosphere for my clients while taking a collaborative approach to help clients reach their goals.
(317) 660-8883 View (317) 660-8883
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Jennifer Vincent
Counselor, LMHC, CSAYC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
If you care about all that clinical stuff………… My therapy approach, drawing from several theoretical orientations, is client-centered, Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), inner child healing, strength based on the belief that every individual is unique. My experience comes from bachelors degree in criminal justice and working with survivors of violence and finding housing for families. Later getting my master’s in mental health counseling to better serve those who experience trauma, childhood abuse and sexual violence. I believe we all deserve healing and leading a life we are free in.
If you care about all that clinical stuff………… My therapy approach, drawing from several theoretical orientations, is client-centered, Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), inner child healing, strength based on the belief that every individual is unique. My experience comes from bachelors degree in criminal justice and working with survivors of violence and finding housing for families. Later getting my master’s in mental health counseling to better serve those who experience trauma, childhood abuse and sexual violence. I believe we all deserve healing and leading a life we are free in.
(317) 620-8784 View (317) 620-8784
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Heather Street
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46202
I often use tools from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I provide individual therapy for LGBTQ+ adults and teens as well as individuals processing trauma. I have experience working with a wide range of clients and issues, including older teens and college-age adults, and particularly survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. I also facilitate the Healing Religious Trauma Group.
I often use tools from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I provide individual therapy for LGBTQ+ adults and teens as well as individuals processing trauma. I have experience working with a wide range of clients and issues, including older teens and college-age adults, and particularly survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. I also facilitate the Healing Religious Trauma Group.
(463) 500-1831 View (463) 500-1831
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Rebecca L Nordman-Hubbard
MA
Indianapolis, IN 46259
I am trained in TF-CBT and also offer DBT.
I have a heart for working with the victims of personality disorders. I am educated in sexual, physical, emotional, and mental abuse. I would love to walk through the healing damage of the toxicity of the cycle of abuse. I would love to educate clients on gaslighting, manipulation, deflection, and defense along with what are red flags and ghosting. Guiding Clients gently into seeing their own worth and learning their true identity. Clients will gain an understanding in healthy boundaries for themselves and others.
I am trained in TF-CBT and also offer DBT.
I have a heart for working with the victims of personality disorders. I am educated in sexual, physical, emotional, and mental abuse. I would love to walk through the healing damage of the toxicity of the cycle of abuse. I would love to educate clients on gaslighting, manipulation, deflection, and defense along with what are red flags and ghosting. Guiding Clients gently into seeing their own worth and learning their true identity. Clients will gain an understanding in healthy boundaries for themselves and others.
(317) 854-4795 View (317) 854-4795
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Hillary Blake
Psychologist, PsyD , HSPP
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260
I am intensively trained in DBT-C, an intervention for children with big emotions and corresponding behavior problems.
I am a clinical psychologist who provides assessment and treatment for individuals with a wide range of emotional and physical conditions. In psychotherapy I utilize evidence based interventions and have extensive training in biofeedback, SPACE, DBT, CBT, and parent training. I was previously an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at Riley Hospital. I continue to remain involved at Riley as a Visiting Professor at the IU School of Medicine. I have been featured in regional and national news as a mental health expert.
I am intensively trained in DBT-C, an intervention for children with big emotions and corresponding behavior problems.
I am a clinical psychologist who provides assessment and treatment for individuals with a wide range of emotional and physical conditions. In psychotherapy I utilize evidence based interventions and have extensive training in biofeedback, SPACE, DBT, CBT, and parent training. I was previously an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at Riley Hospital. I continue to remain involved at Riley as a Visiting Professor at the IU School of Medicine. I have been featured in regional and national news as a mental health expert.
(317) 854-4694 View (317) 854-4694
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Sophie Hans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I use CBT, DBT, and Solution Focused work, using mindfulness, breathing techniques, visualization, and goal setting to help clients reach their short and long-term goals.
My ideal client is someone who comes to therapy in a time of need. They might be experiencing anxiety due to life changes and transitions or they might be experiencing symptoms of anxiety for the first time and be concerned as to where the anxiety came from. The client might be processing loss or grief from a loved one or past friendships and or relationships. My ideal client will have needs such as needing to identify coping skills to get through life stressors, assistance with reaching goals. As a therapist I would be able to provide the client with a objective perspective to bounce their ideas and situations off of.
I use CBT, DBT, and Solution Focused work, using mindfulness, breathing techniques, visualization, and goal setting to help clients reach their short and long-term goals.
My ideal client is someone who comes to therapy in a time of need. They might be experiencing anxiety due to life changes and transitions or they might be experiencing symptoms of anxiety for the first time and be concerned as to where the anxiety came from. The client might be processing loss or grief from a loved one or past friendships and or relationships. My ideal client will have needs such as needing to identify coping skills to get through life stressors, assistance with reaching goals. As a therapist I would be able to provide the client with a objective perspective to bounce their ideas and situations off of.
(317) 953-5677 View (317) 953-5677
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Aftan Archer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46235
I practice from a strengths-based perspective and I am trained in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I have worked extensively with a variety of severe mental illnesses, trauma, suicidality, personality disorders, depressive disorders, grief, and anxiety. I have worked with grieving children, the LGBTQ+ community, families of those facing legal issues, the incarcerated population, families of those facing mental illness, and adults facing times of grief. I offer mitigation services and treatment for those facing incarceration, as well as individual therapy services.
I practice from a strengths-based perspective and I am trained in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I have worked extensively with a variety of severe mental illnesses, trauma, suicidality, personality disorders, depressive disorders, grief, and anxiety. I have worked with grieving children, the LGBTQ+ community, families of those facing legal issues, the incarcerated population, families of those facing mental illness, and adults facing times of grief. I offer mitigation services and treatment for those facing incarceration, as well as individual therapy services.
(463) 232-6845 View (463) 232-6845
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Dr. Cari Pearson Carter
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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I Am Currently Accepting New Clients. Eating disorders (ED), anxiety, and/or stress can take hold of you so it feels like you are no longer living the life you want. Do thoughts of food or weight, or feelings of guilt consume you? Or does Worry make it difficult to enjoy time with friends or family? Or maybe you feel so stressed that you feel like you might explode? These things can make it really difficult to be who you truly are; they can pull you away from life and the things that actually matter to you, like relationships, work, and pleasant activities (e.g., reading a book, going for a hike).
, CBT, DBT) possible for your concerns.
I Am Currently Accepting New Clients. Eating disorders (ED), anxiety, and/or stress can take hold of you so it feels like you are no longer living the life you want. Do thoughts of food or weight, or feelings of guilt consume you? Or does Worry make it difficult to enjoy time with friends or family? Or maybe you feel so stressed that you feel like you might explode? These things can make it really difficult to be who you truly are; they can pull you away from life and the things that actually matter to you, like relationships, work, and pleasant activities (e.g., reading a book, going for a hike).
(317) 483-8216 View (317) 483-8216
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Cory Taing
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46203
I primarily focus on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, mindfulness, narrative therapy, and CBT.
Life is hard and it doesn't always let us catch our breath before the next thing comes. Perhaps you need some help finding a solution for the next step or maybe you just need someone to listen to you and show some empathy. Sometimes you don't understand why you get so angry, irritable, or emotional about the small inconveniences that come up in life and maybe you'd like to be more mindful and in control of your emotions/reactions. Whether it be someone to listen to you, someone to find a solution with, or just to get back control of your life so you can be the expert of it, I can help.
I primarily focus on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, mindfulness, narrative therapy, and CBT.
Life is hard and it doesn't always let us catch our breath before the next thing comes. Perhaps you need some help finding a solution for the next step or maybe you just need someone to listen to you and show some empathy. Sometimes you don't understand why you get so angry, irritable, or emotional about the small inconveniences that come up in life and maybe you'd like to be more mindful and in control of your emotions/reactions. Whether it be someone to listen to you, someone to find a solution with, or just to get back control of your life so you can be the expert of it, I can help.
(463) 218-9687 View (463) 218-9687
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Maggie McGrann
Counselor, LMHC-A, MS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46219
I am trained in CBT, TF-CBT, Exposure Therapy, DBT, Suicide Intervention and more.
If you or your child are suffering from an OCD or an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and yet most sufferers do not have access to effective treatment. The good news is that if you or your loved one is troubled with unwanted thoughts or worries, physical symptoms due to anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, health fears, or any other anxiety, there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and more specifically exposure therapy has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating anxiety and OCD.
I am trained in CBT, TF-CBT, Exposure Therapy, DBT, Suicide Intervention and more.
If you or your child are suffering from an OCD or an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and yet most sufferers do not have access to effective treatment. The good news is that if you or your loved one is troubled with unwanted thoughts or worries, physical symptoms due to anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, health fears, or any other anxiety, there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and more specifically exposure therapy has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating anxiety and OCD.
(317) 854-8292 View (317) 854-8292
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Louise Walker Loving Polansky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMHC, LCAC, MA
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Although not exclusively, I use cognitive behavioral therapy (challenging what we are saying to ourselves), dialectical behavior therapy (accepting the need to be able to hold two contradictory truths in our minds simultaneously), and motivational enhancement (improvement of clients' motivation to change) in addressing clients' needs.
My therapeutic focus is on helping clients identify and take responsibility for addressing issues ranging from minor life adjustment problems to serious mental health conditions based in brain chemistry deficits. Licensed as a clinical social worker since 1993, I have worked in the behavioral health field since 1979 in a variety of mental health and addictions-focused settings, including inpatient/hospital, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and educational programs. I also have an LMHC and an LCAC. I consider it an honor to work with clients courageous enough to ask for and accept help in meeting life's challenges.
Although not exclusively, I use cognitive behavioral therapy (challenging what we are saying to ourselves), dialectical behavior therapy (accepting the need to be able to hold two contradictory truths in our minds simultaneously), and motivational enhancement (improvement of clients' motivation to change) in addressing clients' needs.
My therapeutic focus is on helping clients identify and take responsibility for addressing issues ranging from minor life adjustment problems to serious mental health conditions based in brain chemistry deficits. Licensed as a clinical social worker since 1993, I have worked in the behavioral health field since 1979 in a variety of mental health and addictions-focused settings, including inpatient/hospital, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and educational programs. I also have an LMHC and an LCAC. I consider it an honor to work with clients courageous enough to ask for and accept help in meeting life's challenges.
(317) 730-2039 View (317) 730-2039
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Carrie Hauck
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240  (Online Only)
Using tailored interventions like CBT, SFT, and DBT, I'll guide you toward peace, confidence, and growth.
Hi! My name is Carrie. I have been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. As a licensed mental health counselor my experience ranges from addiction to other mental health issues. I am a mom of two kids and was born and raised in Indiana. I have worked with all ages of individuals to help them improve their lives and mental well-being. I specialize in serving individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community and individuals working to overcome addiction.
Using tailored interventions like CBT, SFT, and DBT, I'll guide you toward peace, confidence, and growth.
Hi! My name is Carrie. I have been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. As a licensed mental health counselor my experience ranges from addiction to other mental health issues. I am a mom of two kids and was born and raised in Indiana. I have worked with all ages of individuals to help them improve their lives and mental well-being. I specialize in serving individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community and individuals working to overcome addiction.
(317) 597-6434 View (317) 597-6434
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Alexander Griffith Peacock Jr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46203
We'll explore practical tools like CBT for adjusting tricky thoughts, DBT for building superpower coping skills, and Motivational Interviewing to transform your goals into reality.
Hey, I'm Alex Peacock—your growth and resilience partner! I defy the traditional therapist role, fostering a space as comfortable as your favorite hangout spot. If you're a teen or young adult navigating life's adventure, you're in the right place.
We'll explore practical tools like CBT for adjusting tricky thoughts, DBT for building superpower coping skills, and Motivational Interviewing to transform your goals into reality.
Hey, I'm Alex Peacock—your growth and resilience partner! I defy the traditional therapist role, fostering a space as comfortable as your favorite hangout spot. If you're a teen or young adult navigating life's adventure, you're in the right place.
(317) 666-9051 View (317) 666-9051
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Lisa M Bellamy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
I have had success utilizing multiple therapy techniques consisting of DBT, CBT and Solution Focused with adolescents and adults.
Stuck? Are life challenges from your past or current life stressors impacting your daily living? Maybe to the point where you just do not have the energy to do the things you want to do or challenges that are preventing you from enjoying your best life.
I have had success utilizing multiple therapy techniques consisting of DBT, CBT and Solution Focused with adolescents and adults.
Stuck? Are life challenges from your past or current life stressors impacting your daily living? Maybe to the point where you just do not have the energy to do the things you want to do or challenges that are preventing you from enjoying your best life.
(317) 204-8950 View (317) 204-8950
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Natalie ( Samuels ) Seitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
I also utilize an eclectic approach incorporating components of CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques, DBT, MI, and Family Systems.
Bring a cup of tea or coffee with you to our session together, and let's talk. I specialize in helping adults (18 yrs and older) discover their resiliency, and find peace in their everyday lives. I work with those affected by anxiety, depression and trauma, as well as issues including life changes and self-esteem. My focus is on providing individual therapy.
I also utilize an eclectic approach incorporating components of CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques, DBT, MI, and Family Systems.
Bring a cup of tea or coffee with you to our session together, and let's talk. I specialize in helping adults (18 yrs and older) discover their resiliency, and find peace in their everyday lives. I work with those affected by anxiety, depression and trauma, as well as issues including life changes and self-esteem. My focus is on providing individual therapy.
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Megan Ruvolo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46250
I utilized and trained in several modalities used for trauma including Internal Family Systems (level 1), EMDR, and DBT.
Trauma impacts us in ways we can’t imagine. It affects human development and rewires our brain. I remember seeing the impact trauma from childhood had for my adult clients. I remember seeing elementary school children and the impact trauma has on their ability to develop healthy relationships. Processing trauma isn’t something you need to do alone. I can still remember meeting with a teen girl and seeing her relief after processing her trauma and expressing how much better she felt. Working through trauma allows my clients to feel relief and feel a decrease in their daily triggers.
I utilized and trained in several modalities used for trauma including Internal Family Systems (level 1), EMDR, and DBT.
Trauma impacts us in ways we can’t imagine. It affects human development and rewires our brain. I remember seeing the impact trauma from childhood had for my adult clients. I remember seeing elementary school children and the impact trauma has on their ability to develop healthy relationships. Processing trauma isn’t something you need to do alone. I can still remember meeting with a teen girl and seeing her relief after processing her trauma and expressing how much better she felt. Working through trauma allows my clients to feel relief and feel a decrease in their daily triggers.
(317) 526-4508 View (317) 526-4508
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Alea Benjamin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
I am a Licensed Social Worker who enjoys working with clients of all ages; but my primary experience is working with children and adolescents. I use a variety of modalities to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment disorders, trauma, social skills, school issues, and life changes. I like to use skills and techniques from CBT, DBT, play therapy, sand tray therapy, and Brainspotting. I use a client-centered approach and believe in meeting each client where they’re at to help them determine their goals for therapy. I enjoy seeing clients overcome their challenges through processing trauma and gaining effective skills.
I am a Licensed Social Worker who enjoys working with clients of all ages; but my primary experience is working with children and adolescents. I use a variety of modalities to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment disorders, trauma, social skills, school issues, and life changes. I like to use skills and techniques from CBT, DBT, play therapy, sand tray therapy, and Brainspotting. I use a client-centered approach and believe in meeting each client where they’re at to help them determine their goals for therapy. I enjoy seeing clients overcome their challenges through processing trauma and gaining effective skills.
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Heather Martin
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240  (Online Only)
I'm trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), mindfulness, CBT, DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), motivational interviewing, and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).
Hello! I'm Heather Martin, a licensed mental health therapist in Indiana. After 7+ years in community mental health, I now exclusively offer online therapy, with over 2 years of telemedicine experience (video and phone sessions). My extensive background spans diverse clients and disorders, specializing in depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also address life transitions, relationships, self-harm, identity, crises, grief, self-esteem, and offer support to the LGBTQ+ community. From severe mental illnesses to post-hospital care, including suicidal ideation, bipolar, and schizophrenia, I support a wide range of concerns.
I'm trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), mindfulness, CBT, DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), motivational interviewing, and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).
Hello! I'm Heather Martin, a licensed mental health therapist in Indiana. After 7+ years in community mental health, I now exclusively offer online therapy, with over 2 years of telemedicine experience (video and phone sessions). My extensive background spans diverse clients and disorders, specializing in depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also address life transitions, relationships, self-harm, identity, crises, grief, self-esteem, and offer support to the LGBTQ+ community. From severe mental illnesses to post-hospital care, including suicidal ideation, bipolar, and schizophrenia, I support a wide range of concerns.
(317) 456-2043 View (317) 456-2043
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Megan Hudson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46217
I have been trained in EMDR, CPT, CBT, DBT, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Immediate Openings! Trauma can have a deep impact on the way an individual views themselves, others, and the world. People who have survived trauma can continue to carry the trauma with them by reliving it in their thoughts and dreams, by avoiding certain people, places, and things and experiencing disturbances in their sleep, mood, and startle response. While all of these symptoms can be overwhelming, you do not have to carry them with you for the rest of your life. There are various treatments that have been scientifically proven to positively impact client's lives and help them not just "get over" their trauma, but to overcome it
I have been trained in EMDR, CPT, CBT, DBT, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Immediate Openings! Trauma can have a deep impact on the way an individual views themselves, others, and the world. People who have survived trauma can continue to carry the trauma with them by reliving it in their thoughts and dreams, by avoiding certain people, places, and things and experiencing disturbances in their sleep, mood, and startle response. While all of these symptoms can be overwhelming, you do not have to carry them with you for the rest of your life. There are various treatments that have been scientifically proven to positively impact client's lives and help them not just "get over" their trauma, but to overcome it
(317) 342-5940 View (317) 342-5940

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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.