Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Las Vegas, NV

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Tessa Stine
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89108  (Online Only)
Specializing in trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, anxiety, depression, and substance use/abuse, I work under evidence-based treatments including DBT, CBT, and IFS to tailor therapy to each your unique needs.
Do you feel stuck in tough times? I'm Tessa and am here to help. I work in guiding individuals toward personal growth and empowerment. With a deep understanding of the impact that stressful or traumatic life events can have, I am committed to helping you find your inner strength and shape your own future.
Specializing in trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, anxiety, depression, and substance use/abuse, I work under evidence-based treatments including DBT, CBT, and IFS to tailor therapy to each your unique needs.
Do you feel stuck in tough times? I'm Tessa and am here to help. I work in guiding individuals toward personal growth and empowerment. With a deep understanding of the impact that stressful or traumatic life events can have, I am committed to helping you find your inner strength and shape your own future.
(725) 527-2912 View (725) 527-2912
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Whitney Elizabeth Koch Owens
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89148
*Telehealth appointments available* I am a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. My areas of focus include eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, relational issues and addictions. I have experience working with young adults, couples and families. I use a variety of modalities in my work, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, RO-DBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I work closely with you to determine the appropriate treatment modality and to deliver effective and supportive treatment. Please note that I only see clients aged 18 and above
*Telehealth appointments available* I am a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. My areas of focus include eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, relational issues and addictions. I have experience working with young adults, couples and families. I use a variety of modalities in my work, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, RO-DBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I work closely with you to determine the appropriate treatment modality and to deliver effective and supportive treatment. Please note that I only see clients aged 18 and above
(702) 903-1740 View (702) 903-1740
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Skylar Parker
LPC Intern, MS, CPC-I , CADC-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89120
I am a person-centered therapist who believes that YOU are the expert of your life. I act as a guide to assist you in reaching the best possible you. I would describe myself as a genuine, authentic, and open-minded clinician. I take a person-centered approach and will use interventions such as CBT, DBT, ACT, etc. to best fit the presenting concerns. My goal is to empower every single one of my clients, in order for them to reach new heights in their mental health journey.
I am a person-centered therapist who believes that YOU are the expert of your life. I act as a guide to assist you in reaching the best possible you. I would describe myself as a genuine, authentic, and open-minded clinician. I take a person-centered approach and will use interventions such as CBT, DBT, ACT, etc. to best fit the presenting concerns. My goal is to empower every single one of my clients, in order for them to reach new heights in their mental health journey.
(702) 803-1769 View (702) 803-1769
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Steff Cullum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89179  (Online Only)
I have training in CBT, DBT, EMDR, & Experiential Therapy.
Youmake sense in the context of your own story. Many of us suffer from complex trauma which comes from repeated experiences in childhood when we felt helpless or unable to control what happened to us. The way you perceive yourself & the world is a direct result of what's happening in your nervous system: your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviors, your health, your relationships. This often leads to anxiety, depression, burnout, relational issues, & low self-esteem. You CAN heal and reconnect with your most authentic self. I strive to create a warm, comfortable, and safe environment as we embark on your healing journey together.
I have training in CBT, DBT, EMDR, & Experiential Therapy.
Youmake sense in the context of your own story. Many of us suffer from complex trauma which comes from repeated experiences in childhood when we felt helpless or unable to control what happened to us. The way you perceive yourself & the world is a direct result of what's happening in your nervous system: your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviors, your health, your relationships. This often leads to anxiety, depression, burnout, relational issues, & low self-esteem. You CAN heal and reconnect with your most authentic self. I strive to create a warm, comfortable, and safe environment as we embark on your healing journey together.
(702) 996-5658 View (702) 996-5658
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Bailey Hinz
MT-BC, LPMT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89130
I facilitate DBT Informed Music Therapy groups for teens that struggle with behavioral and emotional dysfunction.
Now Accepting Teen Clients For Group and Individual Music Therapy! Do you have a stressed-out teenager? Does your teen have strong emotions that lead to poor impulse control? Does your teen struggle with anxiety or depression? Do they have difficulty making or maintaining healthy relationships or communicating effectively with family and peers? Addiction? Disordered eating? Anger Issues? I help teens and parents learn the skills needed to effectively navigate difficult emotions, relationships, and other life stressors. (Virtually and in person!)
I facilitate DBT Informed Music Therapy groups for teens that struggle with behavioral and emotional dysfunction.
Now Accepting Teen Clients For Group and Individual Music Therapy! Do you have a stressed-out teenager? Does your teen have strong emotions that lead to poor impulse control? Does your teen struggle with anxiety or depression? Do they have difficulty making or maintaining healthy relationships or communicating effectively with family and peers? Addiction? Disordered eating? Anger Issues? I help teens and parents learn the skills needed to effectively navigate difficult emotions, relationships, and other life stressors. (Virtually and in person!)
(702) 930-3577 View (702) 930-3577
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Vicki DeBeauvernet
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89145  (Online Only)
My primary modalities are dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and emotionally focused therapy.
Welcome and congratulations on beginning your therapy journey. My name is Vicki DeBeauvernet. I am a marriage and family therapist and drug and alcohol counselor licensed in Nevada with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist. I have helped clients work through a variety of difficulties, including trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, addiction, discrimination, work difficulties, relationship problems, and many others.
My primary modalities are dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and emotionally focused therapy.
Welcome and congratulations on beginning your therapy journey. My name is Vicki DeBeauvernet. I am a marriage and family therapist and drug and alcohol counselor licensed in Nevada with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist. I have helped clients work through a variety of difficulties, including trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, addiction, discrimination, work difficulties, relationship problems, and many others.
(725) 215-8417 View (725) 215-8417
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Serena Rogers
LPC Intern, CPC-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123  (Online Only)
Specializing in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and life transitions, I employ an eclectic approach, integrating CBT, DBT, and ACT methodologies to suit individual needs.
My ideal client is one who aspires to live authentically and in alignment with their values. Despite whatever trials life has presently thrown their way, they believe they are capable of healing. These obstacles may show up in the form of depression, anxiety, disordered eating behaviors, or maladaptive coping skills, but they believe that with support the life they want is within reach.
Specializing in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and life transitions, I employ an eclectic approach, integrating CBT, DBT, and ACT methodologies to suit individual needs.
My ideal client is one who aspires to live authentically and in alignment with their values. Despite whatever trials life has presently thrown their way, they believe they are capable of healing. These obstacles may show up in the form of depression, anxiety, disordered eating behaviors, or maladaptive coping skills, but they believe that with support the life they want is within reach.
(702) 276-8849 View (702) 276-8849
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Desert Peace Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Our team specializes in several evidence-based therapy approaches to include, but are not limited to, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Substance Use Treatment.
Welcome to Desert Peace Therapy: your oasis for mental and behavioral well-being in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our dedicated clinic offers comprehensive care with a team of expert therapists specializing in individual, family, couples, and group therapy services, for all ages, starting from 2 years old into adulthood. Let us guide you towards tranquility and empowerment. Contact us today to begin your journey towards healing.
Our team specializes in several evidence-based therapy approaches to include, but are not limited to, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Substance Use Treatment.
Welcome to Desert Peace Therapy: your oasis for mental and behavioral well-being in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our dedicated clinic offers comprehensive care with a team of expert therapists specializing in individual, family, couples, and group therapy services, for all ages, starting from 2 years old into adulthood. Let us guide you towards tranquility and empowerment. Contact us today to begin your journey towards healing.
(725) 237-5957 View (725) 237-5957
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Destinie Cleveland
Pre-Licensed Professional, CADC-I, CSAT-C
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89101  (Online Only)
Tailored to your needs, I integrate The Patrick Carnes 130 Day Task Model, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Somatic Therapy.
Embarking on a journey to overcome addiction, whether it's chemical dependence or struggles with sex addiction, requires a compassionate and personalized approach. I provide tailored support to address the complexities of your experience, including the aftermath of trauma and familial influences. Together, we'll break free from harmful cycles, fostering personal growth in a safe and empowering environment. If you're ready to reclaim power over your life and pursue lasting healing, let's collaborate on your transformative journey towards a brighter future.
Tailored to your needs, I integrate The Patrick Carnes 130 Day Task Model, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Somatic Therapy.
Embarking on a journey to overcome addiction, whether it's chemical dependence or struggles with sex addiction, requires a compassionate and personalized approach. I provide tailored support to address the complexities of your experience, including the aftermath of trauma and familial influences. Together, we'll break free from harmful cycles, fostering personal growth in a safe and empowering environment. If you're ready to reclaim power over your life and pursue lasting healing, let's collaborate on your transformative journey towards a brighter future.
(725) 234-6745 View (725) 234-6745
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Thomas Day
LPC Intern, CPC-I, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89102  (Online Only)
My training includes CBT, DBT, ACT, and SFT.
Mental health diagnosis and treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD & complex trauma, panic attacks, relationship issues, sexual dysfunctions, and more.
My training includes CBT, DBT, ACT, and SFT.
Mental health diagnosis and treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD & complex trauma, panic attacks, relationship issues, sexual dysfunctions, and more.
(702) 935-1321 View (702) 935-1321
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Megan Mengistu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, CSW-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123
I implement many therapeutic models including CBT, DBT, mindfulness strategies, trauma-focused work, emotion-focused work, and systems theory.
I believe every person is an expert in their own life, and with an equal partnership as a therapist we will work as a team to allow you to become the best you want to be. I have a non-judgmental and supportive approach where I want you to feel comfortable, safe, and at ease during your therapy sessions. I have experience providing therapeutic services clients aged 5-65 and populations including victims of violent crimes, behavioral concerns, criminal offenders, LGBTQIA+, and those of various cultural backgrounds.
I implement many therapeutic models including CBT, DBT, mindfulness strategies, trauma-focused work, emotion-focused work, and systems theory.
I believe every person is an expert in their own life, and with an equal partnership as a therapist we will work as a team to allow you to become the best you want to be. I have a non-judgmental and supportive approach where I want you to feel comfortable, safe, and at ease during your therapy sessions. I have experience providing therapeutic services clients aged 5-65 and populations including victims of violent crimes, behavioral concerns, criminal offenders, LGBTQIA+, and those of various cultural backgrounds.
(702) 710-6898 View (702) 710-6898
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Sound Mind Counseling Center, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89103
We use a variety of treatment modalities such as Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Client-Centered, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, & others.
I have over 8+ years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospital, crisis intervention, outpatient, the Clark County School District (CCSD), and in private practice. I work with children (ages 5-12 y/o), youth, adults, couples, families and maintain an affirming stance for individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I have colleagues at Sound Mind Counseling who are also Spanish speaking and have years of experience if I am not readily available.
We use a variety of treatment modalities such as Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Client-Centered, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, & others.
I have over 8+ years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospital, crisis intervention, outpatient, the Clark County School District (CCSD), and in private practice. I work with children (ages 5-12 y/o), youth, adults, couples, families and maintain an affirming stance for individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I have colleagues at Sound Mind Counseling who are also Spanish speaking and have years of experience if I am not readily available.
(702) 297-6355 View (702) 297-6355
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Shad Scott
Counselor, MS
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89117
I utilize Existential and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, along with biofeedback training, to assist adults struggling with existential crises, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Pain can either define us or serve as the driving force for personal growth. I have dedicated an extensive amount of time to working with children, teens, parents, and adults who struggle with impulse control, existential crises, emotional challenges, and behavioral disturbances. I firmly believe that knowledge alone is insufficient; true change goes beyond conceptualization—it requires action. Clients require proven tools to actively pursue self-sufficiency.
I utilize Existential and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, along with biofeedback training, to assist adults struggling with existential crises, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Pain can either define us or serve as the driving force for personal growth. I have dedicated an extensive amount of time to working with children, teens, parents, and adults who struggle with impulse control, existential crises, emotional challenges, and behavioral disturbances. I firmly believe that knowledge alone is insufficient; true change goes beyond conceptualization—it requires action. Clients require proven tools to actively pursue self-sufficiency.
(702) 710-5729 View (702) 710-5729
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Avi Anderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSW-I, LMSW
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89128
One DBT skill is distraction.
Too many of us keep our issues hidden and secret for too long. We are not sure where to turn or what the future holds. Stress, anxiety, depression, and existential angst often hold us back from living our best lives. My goal and my passion is to develop a therapeutic relationship with each and every client as an individual. I believe that it is important to focus on the “here and now” and to use the therapeutic relationship to help you grow, be more open and vulnerable in the relationships that you cherish, and to help you live lives consistent with your dreams, aspirations, and values.
One DBT skill is distraction.
Too many of us keep our issues hidden and secret for too long. We are not sure where to turn or what the future holds. Stress, anxiety, depression, and existential angst often hold us back from living our best lives. My goal and my passion is to develop a therapeutic relationship with each and every client as an individual. I believe that it is important to focus on the “here and now” and to use the therapeutic relationship to help you grow, be more open and vulnerable in the relationships that you cherish, and to help you live lives consistent with your dreams, aspirations, and values.
(725) 234-6612 View (725) 234-6612
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Lili Equihua
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I, MS
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89144  (Online Only)
Lili is trained in CBT, DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness, and EMDR.
Lili is eclectic and uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing, Play/Theraplay, and psychoeducation to individuals. Lili’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and believes in working in partnership with clients, utilizing their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s qualities to build resilience.
Lili is trained in CBT, DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness, and EMDR.
Lili is eclectic and uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing, Play/Theraplay, and psychoeducation to individuals. Lili’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and believes in working in partnership with clients, utilizing their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s qualities to build resilience.
(725) 208-5650 View (725) 208-5650
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Joel Benavente
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89110
I have experience helping young adult transitions, college stress, interpersonal ineffectiveness, difficulties setting boundaries, assertiveness training and teaching and facilitating Dialectical behavioral therapy skills.
Hi, my name is Joel Benavente and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a strong desire to help facilitate meaningful, lasting change for the better in all of my client's lives. I aim to create a safe space for my clients to build trust in the therapeutic process in order to work on discovering their authentic self. I work with adolescents, college-aged students/young adults who are experiencing ongoing distress, relationship issues, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and depression.
I have experience helping young adult transitions, college stress, interpersonal ineffectiveness, difficulties setting boundaries, assertiveness training and teaching and facilitating Dialectical behavioral therapy skills.
Hi, my name is Joel Benavente and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a strong desire to help facilitate meaningful, lasting change for the better in all of my client's lives. I aim to create a safe space for my clients to build trust in the therapeutic process in order to work on discovering their authentic self. I work with adolescents, college-aged students/young adults who are experiencing ongoing distress, relationship issues, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and depression.
(725) 226-4801 View (725) 226-4801
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Lauren Caravello
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89130  (Online Only)
I integrate concepts and techniques from behavioral-based therapies including CBT, DBT, and PCIT, to introduce client's to more effective ways of engaging with themselves, the world, and others.
Welcome! I'm glad you found your way here. Trying to find a therapist who is a good fit, that you can start seeing immediately, can be challenging these days. I'm aware of there's a gap in quality mental health care, and strive to fill that gap by providing accessible and personalized therapeutic services. I may be a good fit if you're someone whose interested in exploring yourself more deeply, developing healthier coping skills, or improving your relationships and interactions. I provide a nonjudgmental and private space, where together we can explore your experiences, feelings, and perspectives and foster meaningful change.
I integrate concepts and techniques from behavioral-based therapies including CBT, DBT, and PCIT, to introduce client's to more effective ways of engaging with themselves, the world, and others.
Welcome! I'm glad you found your way here. Trying to find a therapist who is a good fit, that you can start seeing immediately, can be challenging these days. I'm aware of there's a gap in quality mental health care, and strive to fill that gap by providing accessible and personalized therapeutic services. I may be a good fit if you're someone whose interested in exploring yourself more deeply, developing healthier coping skills, or improving your relationships and interactions. I provide a nonjudgmental and private space, where together we can explore your experiences, feelings, and perspectives and foster meaningful change.
(725) 239-8456 View (725) 239-8456
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New Life Counseling, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89123
We offer Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
New Life Counseling works with clients with a variety of different struggles. We focus on a holistic approach to treatment, including body, mind, and spirit. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or have been through trauma we can help you to move forward in health and wholeness.
We offer Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
New Life Counseling works with clients with a variety of different struggles. We focus on a holistic approach to treatment, including body, mind, and spirit. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or have been through trauma we can help you to move forward in health and wholeness.
(702) 239-7182 View (702) 239-7182
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Dr. Jacquie Evans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DBH, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89134
I teach Mindfulness and somatic interventions as well as DBT and relapse prevention skills.
It takes courage to admit that what you've been doing is no longer working for you or your loved ones. Together we can explore new ways to cope and make the changes you ultimately desire. You have already taken the first steps to make a change just by acknowledging that you are no longer comfortable with the way things are. I'd like the chance to meet you and answer any questions you may have.
I teach Mindfulness and somatic interventions as well as DBT and relapse prevention skills.
It takes courage to admit that what you've been doing is no longer working for you or your loved ones. Together we can explore new ways to cope and make the changes you ultimately desire. You have already taken the first steps to make a change just by acknowledging that you are no longer comfortable with the way things are. I'd like the chance to meet you and answer any questions you may have.
(702) 820-5484 View (702) 820-5484
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Robyn M Mendiola
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Waitlist for new clients
I incorporate several evidence based modalies into my practice including: EMDR, Parts work and Cognitive/Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I understand how risky it is to be vulnerable and I also understand how difficult it is to choose someone to trust with your life's secrets with. We face many challenges in life and it is OKAY to ask for help. My goal as a clinician is to assist you in identifying your life goals, collobartively create a plan to tackle those goals and provide you with the tools and skills to achieve them. We often convince ourselves that the information that we add to facts are also facts. This can cause severe emotional distress. I would love to help you begin to let go of negative thought processes and begin to experience reality as it is.
I incorporate several evidence based modalies into my practice including: EMDR, Parts work and Cognitive/Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I understand how risky it is to be vulnerable and I also understand how difficult it is to choose someone to trust with your life's secrets with. We face many challenges in life and it is OKAY to ask for help. My goal as a clinician is to assist you in identifying your life goals, collobartively create a plan to tackle those goals and provide you with the tools and skills to achieve them. We often convince ourselves that the information that we add to facts are also facts. This can cause severe emotional distress. I would love to help you begin to let go of negative thought processes and begin to experience reality as it is.
(725) 999-6616 View (725) 999-6616

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.