Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Wayne County, MI

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Rosemary Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48152  (Online Only)
Through a trauma informed combination of mindful based practices, dialectical and somatic therapies, we can uncover how your personal experience has shaped the way you make meaning in order to provide relief and initiate change.
My aim and joy as a therapist is to understand you as an expert on your own life. In order to process the complexity of everyday living, we compartmentalize and make generalizations about our experience. Sometimes we hold on to generalizations that may have served us at one point, but no longer apply to current circumstances. I concentrate on listening, non-judgmental questioning, emotional support and holding space for your process. My collaborative approach focuses on adaptation, allowing us to apply the methods that work best, while processing and making space for what does not work.
Through a trauma informed combination of mindful based practices, dialectical and somatic therapies, we can uncover how your personal experience has shaped the way you make meaning in order to provide relief and initiate change.
My aim and joy as a therapist is to understand you as an expert on your own life. In order to process the complexity of everyday living, we compartmentalize and make generalizations about our experience. Sometimes we hold on to generalizations that may have served us at one point, but no longer apply to current circumstances. I concentrate on listening, non-judgmental questioning, emotional support and holding space for your process. My collaborative approach focuses on adaptation, allowing us to apply the methods that work best, while processing and making space for what does not work.
(313) 254-6287 View (313) 254-6287
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Asraa Albonajem
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-DBT
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48126
My therapeutic approach is person-centered, client-driven, and can include but is not limited to EMDR, CBT, DBT, etc.
I am passionate about supporting teens and adults as they heal from trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and any other painful experience. Most of my professional and personal experience has centered around aligning with and uplifting individuals who are incredibly resilient - people of color, immigrants, and sexual or gender minorities.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered, client-driven, and can include but is not limited to EMDR, CBT, DBT, etc.
I am passionate about supporting teens and adults as they heal from trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and any other painful experience. Most of my professional and personal experience has centered around aligning with and uplifting individuals who are incredibly resilient - people of color, immigrants, and sexual or gender minorities.
(313) 497-5125 View (313) 497-5125
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Hadley Huff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Plymouth, MI 48170
I utilize various modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.
As a therapist, I enjoy working with people from all walks of life. I believe anyone can benefit from therapy. During my sessions, I love helping people discover their authentic self, cultivating a safe space where clients feel comfortable, and giving them the tools to deal with the problems they face each day. I desire to help people have healthier relationships, overcome negative emotions, and experience a more full and free life.
I utilize various modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.
As a therapist, I enjoy working with people from all walks of life. I believe anyone can benefit from therapy. During my sessions, I love helping people discover their authentic self, cultivating a safe space where clients feel comfortable, and giving them the tools to deal with the problems they face each day. I desire to help people have healthier relationships, overcome negative emotions, and experience a more full and free life.
(734) 519-6778 View (734) 519-6778
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Julia Aguilar
Counselor, MA, LLC
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I’m trained in a variety of areas including popular approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and client-centered therapy.
Are you facing life transitions? Are you feeling stressed or down unable to decide what to do next? Do you just need someone to talk to? Let me help you create a plan to reach your goals. I utilize an integrative approach in my practice to treat the unique needs of each client. I specialize in anxiety, depression, stress, grief, loss, and trauma within the teen and adult population.
I’m trained in a variety of areas including popular approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and client-centered therapy.
Are you facing life transitions? Are you feeling stressed or down unable to decide what to do next? Do you just need someone to talk to? Let me help you create a plan to reach your goals. I utilize an integrative approach in my practice to treat the unique needs of each client. I specialize in anxiety, depression, stress, grief, loss, and trauma within the teen and adult population.
(313) 488-2976 View (313) 488-2976
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Matt Pierson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48152
I have plenty of experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Life is hard, and we all experience it differently. We have gone through a lot over the past few years, and moving forward is not always simple. In addition, finding the right therapist to help you navigate through challenges can be extremely difficult. I believe every relationship is different, and I make it a priority to have a healthy therapeutic connection with every single one of my clients.
I have plenty of experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Life is hard, and we all experience it differently. We have gone through a lot over the past few years, and moving forward is not always simple. In addition, finding the right therapist to help you navigate through challenges can be extremely difficult. I believe every relationship is different, and I make it a priority to have a healthy therapeutic connection with every single one of my clients.
(313) 395-0712 View (313) 395-0712
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Jennifer Shankland
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plymouth, MI 48170
I am here to offer guidance and support in a nonjudgmental, empathic and safe space. My aim is to meet you where you are on your personal wellness journey. We will work together to overcome barriers to help you reach your therapy goals. I utilize a person or client centered approach and value your voice. I have a background in many evidenced based methods to treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques tailored to meet your individual needs. I look forward to partnering with you to achieve your goals for your best self.
I am here to offer guidance and support in a nonjudgmental, empathic and safe space. My aim is to meet you where you are on your personal wellness journey. We will work together to overcome barriers to help you reach your therapy goals. I utilize a person or client centered approach and value your voice. I have a background in many evidenced based methods to treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques tailored to meet your individual needs. I look forward to partnering with you to achieve your goals for your best self.
(734) 519-7179 View (734) 519-7179
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Kelli Kunec
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48150
Waitlist for new clients
I provide evidence-based treatment through a combination of CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic techniques.
If you are feeling lost, hopeless, angry, or overwhelmed, working with a therapist you can trust can help. Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task, but searching for a good fit is the first step! I strive to create a warm and comfortable environment that facilitates growth. I aim to address your specific concerns with a custom-tailored, non-judgmental approach, and together we can build on your existing strengths to achieve the goals you set.
I provide evidence-based treatment through a combination of CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic techniques.
If you are feeling lost, hopeless, angry, or overwhelmed, working with a therapist you can trust can help. Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task, but searching for a good fit is the first step! I strive to create a warm and comfortable environment that facilitates growth. I aim to address your specific concerns with a custom-tailored, non-judgmental approach, and together we can build on your existing strengths to achieve the goals you set.
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Ruqaiyah Rogers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
My name is Ruqaiyah Rogers and I'm a licensed clinical social worker, LMSW-C, based in Michigan. I provide individual counseling/therapy services statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in coaching strategies for better managing ADHD and executive functioning symptoms, anxiety, borderline personality, mother-daughter/parent-adult child attachment, and codependency using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting, to help my clients get clearer about who they are and start making positive and necessary changes to create the type of life they want and deserve to live.
My name is Ruqaiyah Rogers and I'm a licensed clinical social worker, LMSW-C, based in Michigan. I provide individual counseling/therapy services statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in coaching strategies for better managing ADHD and executive functioning symptoms, anxiety, borderline personality, mother-daughter/parent-adult child attachment, and codependency using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting, to help my clients get clearer about who they are and start making positive and necessary changes to create the type of life they want and deserve to live.
(734) 212-8965 View (734) 212-8965
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Katharine P Case
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170
My treatment approaches include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
I have over 30 years of experience working with children and families. In addition, I am a certified EMDR therapist working with all ages. My career has focused on supporting children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds with issues related to learning difficulties, attachment disorders, sensory integration disorders, adolescent issues and anxiety. As a result I have a wealth of experience in assessment, Autism, ADHD, crisis management, depression, divorce, family and parenting issues, grief and loss, trauma/PTSD, positive behavior support and modification, problem solving, and stress reduction and management.
My treatment approaches include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
I have over 30 years of experience working with children and families. In addition, I am a certified EMDR therapist working with all ages. My career has focused on supporting children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds with issues related to learning difficulties, attachment disorders, sensory integration disorders, adolescent issues and anxiety. As a result I have a wealth of experience in assessment, Autism, ADHD, crisis management, depression, divorce, family and parenting issues, grief and loss, trauma/PTSD, positive behavior support and modification, problem solving, and stress reduction and management.
(734) 345-1068 View (734) 345-1068
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Kristen N Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Canton, MI 48187  (Online Only)
Some modalities I integrate into my practice include, but are not limited to, CBT, DBT, ACT, IFS, and Psychodynamic theories.
As a therapist, I am privileged to be in the role of facilitator of change. But, the actual expert and change-maker in your life is you. A person-centered approach is the pillar of my practice. I am here to empower you to make the changes you want to see. I know anyone who walks into my office or steps onto my screen has already walked through one of the most difficult steps in therapy - the beginning. I admire you taking this step and thank you for allowing me along for the journey. I am confident working together we can figure anything out.
Some modalities I integrate into my practice include, but are not limited to, CBT, DBT, ACT, IFS, and Psychodynamic theories.
As a therapist, I am privileged to be in the role of facilitator of change. But, the actual expert and change-maker in your life is you. A person-centered approach is the pillar of my practice. I am here to empower you to make the changes you want to see. I know anyone who walks into my office or steps onto my screen has already walked through one of the most difficult steps in therapy - the beginning. I admire you taking this step and thank you for allowing me along for the journey. I am confident working together we can figure anything out.
(734) 304-0771 View (734) 304-0771
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Markita J McCutchen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
I am trained in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
I received my BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and my MA in Counseling from Oakland University. I’ve spent several years working with children, families, and individuals to help them achieve their goals.
I am trained in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
I received my BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and my MA in Counseling from Oakland University. I’ve spent several years working with children, families, and individuals to help them achieve their goals.
(248) 750-8971 View (248) 750-8971
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Rebecca Williamsen
Counselor, MA-LLC, CTRS
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Northville, MI 48167
I specialize in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and believe in a client-centered approach, which means everything we do together will be tailored to help YOU feel competent, successful, and fulfilled.
Whether you are working to manage anxiety or depression, navigating difficult conversations with a partner, boss, or loved one, struggling with addiction, or processing emotions related to any of these and more, it is not something you need to do alone; I would love to be there to support you.
I specialize in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and believe in a client-centered approach, which means everything we do together will be tailored to help YOU feel competent, successful, and fulfilled.
Whether you are working to manage anxiety or depression, navigating difficult conversations with a partner, boss, or loved one, struggling with addiction, or processing emotions related to any of these and more, it is not something you need to do alone; I would love to be there to support you.
(734) 338-7172 View (734) 338-7172
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Dorian McIntosh
Psychological Associate, TLLP, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Westland, MI 48185
Thanks for checking out my profile. Everyone goes through challenging times, and everyone benefits from having a guide on the journey. The intersectionality of my identities as a therapist, veteran, and black man have given me a great deal of empathy for how difficult life can be at times. I am open to helping individuals from all backgrounds with interventions grounded in CBT, DBT, ACT and Existential-Humanistic orientations. Finding support should not be a challenge. If you are willing to enter therapy, I am available.
Thanks for checking out my profile. Everyone goes through challenging times, and everyone benefits from having a guide on the journey. The intersectionality of my identities as a therapist, veteran, and black man have given me a great deal of empathy for how difficult life can be at times. I am open to helping individuals from all backgrounds with interventions grounded in CBT, DBT, ACT and Existential-Humanistic orientations. Finding support should not be a challenge. If you are willing to enter therapy, I am available.
(734) 252-9337 View (734) 252-9337
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McCaskill Family Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170
We offer private, confidential psychological evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. We specialize in comprehensive evaluations, individual therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, parent coaching, ADHD coaching, eating disorders, tics/tourettes, DBT, CBT, toilet training, school refusal, agressive behavior, cutting, depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, exposure therapy, dietitian services, group services, equine-assited therapy and advocating for children in the educational setting. We also run various groups throughout the year for different age groups and issues.
We offer private, confidential psychological evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. We specialize in comprehensive evaluations, individual therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, parent coaching, ADHD coaching, eating disorders, tics/tourettes, DBT, CBT, toilet training, school refusal, agressive behavior, cutting, depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, exposure therapy, dietitian services, group services, equine-assited therapy and advocating for children in the educational setting. We also run various groups throughout the year for different age groups and issues.
(734) 385-2823 x1 View (734) 385-2823 x1
Photo of Julia Kline, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Wayne County, MI
Julia Kline
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230  (Online Only)
I have nearly 20 years of experience using various approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
You deserve to thrive in your life and have a life worth living. Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Having difficulty with unhelpful thoughts or feelings? Struggling in your relationships? Needing help processing difficulty life events? Therapy can help! Meeting with a therapist can help you develop the tools and strategies and I can be your guide. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, angry, or all of the above, you can learn how to regulate the way you feel and manage the thoughts that you experience more effectively...and I can help.
I have nearly 20 years of experience using various approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
You deserve to thrive in your life and have a life worth living. Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Having difficulty with unhelpful thoughts or feelings? Struggling in your relationships? Needing help processing difficulty life events? Therapy can help! Meeting with a therapist can help you develop the tools and strategies and I can be your guide. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, angry, or all of the above, you can learn how to regulate the way you feel and manage the thoughts that you experience more effectively...and I can help.
(313) 513-4038 View (313) 513-4038
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Bradley Allan Lake
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSWC, BA
Verified Verified
I use talk therapy with a CBT focused approach and utilize DBT, Mindfulness, meditation, fitness, nutrition, music therapy and spirituality.
"Outsidethebox Detroit Therapy" Learning to go outside of the habitual thinking patterns (the box) to create space for personal transformation. Wellness requires a holistic approach of maintenance of mind, body, and spirt all working in harmony. We become what we think about on a regular basis. If we love the planet we are also loving ourselves.
I use talk therapy with a CBT focused approach and utilize DBT, Mindfulness, meditation, fitness, nutrition, music therapy and spirituality.
"Outsidethebox Detroit Therapy" Learning to go outside of the habitual thinking patterns (the box) to create space for personal transformation. Wellness requires a holistic approach of maintenance of mind, body, and spirt all working in harmony. We become what we think about on a regular basis. If we love the planet we are also loving ourselves.
(313) 254-6550 View (313) 254-6550
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Integrated Health Clinical Counseling P.L.L.C.
Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC, CBIS, SST
Verified Verified
Wyandotte, MI 48192  (Online Only)
Individual therapy is intertwined with DBT informed skills training where you will learn and practice Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills.
I've had the honor serving Michigan and Florida for 12 plus years working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. I've provided individual therapy, group therapy, skills training, and case management to our community youth and adults, including those with Special Needs. I have started up 2 successful mental health programs in the city of Detroit. I now work in a small private practice to continue my passion of providing therapy and behavior modification to the community. Currently I am only providing individual therapy via Teletherapy/Video Counseling. It is truly an honor to be here for you.
Individual therapy is intertwined with DBT informed skills training where you will learn and practice Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills.
I've had the honor serving Michigan and Florida for 12 plus years working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. I've provided individual therapy, group therapy, skills training, and case management to our community youth and adults, including those with Special Needs. I have started up 2 successful mental health programs in the city of Detroit. I now work in a small private practice to continue my passion of providing therapy and behavior modification to the community. Currently I am only providing individual therapy via Teletherapy/Video Counseling. It is truly an honor to be here for you.
(734) 636-2896 View (734) 636-2896
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Nicole Wassel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plymouth, MI 48170
I use interventions based on the principles of DBT, strengths perspective, CBT, mindfulness, and ACT.
Our experiences do not define us, it’s what we do with them that matters most! Over the last 20 years I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people and families. People who have bravely been willing to address the uncomfortable. Whether these challenges were externally caused, or inherently part of us, there was hope. One of the only things we are guaranteed is change, it is this understanding that fuels my investment in working with people on their journey of personal growth. In an environment of safety, validation, authenticity and respect, empowerment grows. Let’s see about growing hope in the acceptance of change.
I use interventions based on the principles of DBT, strengths perspective, CBT, mindfulness, and ACT.
Our experiences do not define us, it’s what we do with them that matters most! Over the last 20 years I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people and families. People who have bravely been willing to address the uncomfortable. Whether these challenges were externally caused, or inherently part of us, there was hope. One of the only things we are guaranteed is change, it is this understanding that fuels my investment in working with people on their journey of personal growth. In an environment of safety, validation, authenticity and respect, empowerment grows. Let’s see about growing hope in the acceptance of change.
(833) 581-9845 View (833) 581-9845
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Heba Haidar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dearborn, MI 48124
I specialize in interpersonal practice and provide individual therapy for all ages, couples counseling, divorce counseling, and family therapy. I am CBT and DBT certified. I also use other therapy modalities and integrate them with your treatment goals. I work on molding evidence based treatment approaches to meet your needs. Integrating you to be part of your own treatment planning is my top priority. Our clinic ambience surrounding calmness, serenity, and prosperity guides our clients to reach their potential to the fullest.
I specialize in interpersonal practice and provide individual therapy for all ages, couples counseling, divorce counseling, and family therapy. I am CBT and DBT certified. I also use other therapy modalities and integrate them with your treatment goals. I work on molding evidence based treatment approaches to meet your needs. Integrating you to be part of your own treatment planning is my top priority. Our clinic ambience surrounding calmness, serenity, and prosperity guides our clients to reach their potential to the fullest.
(313) 450-9047 View (313) 450-9047
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Katie Hartman-Sheridan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230  (Online Only)
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
We all strive to live our best life and sometimes we face challenges that can pose obstacles for us. Life is hard and we can do hard things! Perhaps you or your teen is struggling with anxious or depressed feelings and you need some tools to help guide you through and therapy can help. Whether you need to address your feelings, thoughts, or behaviors I can provide you with a safe place in which to find the tools/skills to help you get back to living your best life. I believe that each of us has the answers to our problems, but at times it can help to talk to someone for guidance.
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
We all strive to live our best life and sometimes we face challenges that can pose obstacles for us. Life is hard and we can do hard things! Perhaps you or your teen is struggling with anxious or depressed feelings and you need some tools to help guide you through and therapy can help. Whether you need to address your feelings, thoughts, or behaviors I can provide you with a safe place in which to find the tools/skills to help you get back to living your best life. I believe that each of us has the answers to our problems, but at times it can help to talk to someone for guidance.
(313) 488-3447 View (313) 488-3447

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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.