Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Portland, OR

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Charmaine Read
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting new clients! I believe that a good fit and feeling confident with your therapist is the first step in reaching your therapeutic goals. Since 2011, I have worked with a wide array of clients and I have specific experience working with people who experience depression, anxiety, Bipolar, life transitions, stress, self-esteem challenges, women’s issues, trauma, and more. Since everyone is different, I utilize a variety of approaches to help people attain the life they desire and deserve. These include but are not limited to CBT, DBT, EMDR, mindfulness, and solution focused therapy.
NOW Accepting new clients! I believe that a good fit and feeling confident with your therapist is the first step in reaching your therapeutic goals. Since 2011, I have worked with a wide array of clients and I have specific experience working with people who experience depression, anxiety, Bipolar, life transitions, stress, self-esteem challenges, women’s issues, trauma, and more. Since everyone is different, I utilize a variety of approaches to help people attain the life they desire and deserve. These include but are not limited to CBT, DBT, EMDR, mindfulness, and solution focused therapy.
(503) 782-5165 View (503) 782-5165
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Spencer Uemura
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
I have received training in approaches such as psychoanalysis, CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, and somatic experiencing.
Through a social justice lens, I accompany people on their journey to a more grounded and liberated life by exploring how our intersecting identities and cultural experiences have led to the ways we are hurt, but also hold the keys to how we heal. For my clients, these layers of oppression may result in anxiety, depression, and racial identity concerns. We'll work together to process your experience, draw out your strengths, and support your goals. I love working with Asian American adults, and other POC, to connect the impacts of history, oppression, and culture on mental health and wellbeing.
I have received training in approaches such as psychoanalysis, CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, and somatic experiencing.
Through a social justice lens, I accompany people on their journey to a more grounded and liberated life by exploring how our intersecting identities and cultural experiences have led to the ways we are hurt, but also hold the keys to how we heal. For my clients, these layers of oppression may result in anxiety, depression, and racial identity concerns. We'll work together to process your experience, draw out your strengths, and support your goals. I love working with Asian American adults, and other POC, to connect the impacts of history, oppression, and culture on mental health and wellbeing.
(503) 300-6128 View (503) 300-6128
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Congruent Therapy: Brynn Shaver
Pre-Licensed Professional, QMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
My counseling approach is highly client-driven and eclectic, drawing from various therapeutic modalities including Narrative Therapy, Parts Work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Greetings! I'm Brynn Shaver, a dedicated Qualified Mental Health Professional originally hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, now nestled in the beautiful landscapes of Bend, Oregon. My professional journey has been deeply influenced by my own experiences with eating disorders, religious trauma, relationship trauma, and a journey of identity exploration. These experiences have shaped my understanding of the complexities of the human experience and have motivated me to pursue a career in therapy. Through my personal struggles and identity exploration, I've gained invaluable insights into the challenges individuals face.
My counseling approach is highly client-driven and eclectic, drawing from various therapeutic modalities including Narrative Therapy, Parts Work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Greetings! I'm Brynn Shaver, a dedicated Qualified Mental Health Professional originally hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, now nestled in the beautiful landscapes of Bend, Oregon. My professional journey has been deeply influenced by my own experiences with eating disorders, religious trauma, relationship trauma, and a journey of identity exploration. These experiences have shaped my understanding of the complexities of the human experience and have motivated me to pursue a career in therapy. Through my personal struggles and identity exploration, I've gained invaluable insights into the challenges individuals face.
(503) 744-5838 View (503) 744-5838
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Theresa Ferrante
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97227  (Online Only)
I draw from many evidence based approaches, including ACT, AEDP, DBT, EMDR, and ART, among others.
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, uncertain, or just plain stuck, you do not have to go it alone. I work with individuals and couples who are doing their best to navigate life's difficulties, but need some extra support to get through their current challenges. I offer a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore what is causing you to feel stuck and what would help you become "unstuck." I trust people’s inherent strength, and ability to bounce back from way more than we might imagine possible. I see myself as a supportive guide, facilitating a process of self inquiry, creating shared meaning, and making needed changes in life.
I draw from many evidence based approaches, including ACT, AEDP, DBT, EMDR, and ART, among others.
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, uncertain, or just plain stuck, you do not have to go it alone. I work with individuals and couples who are doing their best to navigate life's difficulties, but need some extra support to get through their current challenges. I offer a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore what is causing you to feel stuck and what would help you become "unstuck." I trust people’s inherent strength, and ability to bounce back from way more than we might imagine possible. I see myself as a supportive guide, facilitating a process of self inquiry, creating shared meaning, and making needed changes in life.
(971) 224-7763 View (971) 224-7763
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Dan Harold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, QMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97219
Waitlist for new clients
I provide a nonjudgemental space for clients to address anything you choose to bring to therapy. I work primarily with Narrative Therapy, which is a world view as much as it is a therapeutic approach. The Narrative approach puts your story at the center of the conversation. People in my practice are also seen through a multi-storied lens rather than a narrow singular story. I will have a friendly and laid back approach in our sessions. At the same time, I will also offer you direct feedback and honest observations. Mindfulness work, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Relational work are also important to me.
I provide a nonjudgemental space for clients to address anything you choose to bring to therapy. I work primarily with Narrative Therapy, which is a world view as much as it is a therapeutic approach. The Narrative approach puts your story at the center of the conversation. People in my practice are also seen through a multi-storied lens rather than a narrow singular story. I will have a friendly and laid back approach in our sessions. At the same time, I will also offer you direct feedback and honest observations. Mindfulness work, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Relational work are also important to me.
(503) 832-5501 View (503) 832-5501
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Congruent Therapy: Regan Cooke
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215  (Online Only)
Rooted in existential theory, my therapeutic toolbox includes EMDR, CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy.
Healing is a journey, and I'm here to guide you through trauma, depression, anxiety, and the quest for self-worth. Come as you are.
Rooted in existential theory, my therapeutic toolbox includes EMDR, CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy.
Healing is a journey, and I'm here to guide you through trauma, depression, anxiety, and the quest for self-worth. Come as you are.
(503) 461-0064 View (503) 461-0064
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Madison Paskett: Congruent Therapy
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Her work includes CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and humanistic approaches.
Madison has numerous years of experience working with individuals, families, couples, and systems, all who bring their own unique lived experiences including Queer, first responders, trauma survivors and those who experience emotional intensity. She aims to help individuals/families/systems build skills and find their path to the life they are wanting to live. This means together, you will work to identify and utilize strategies to best handle whatever life throws your way.
Her work includes CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and humanistic approaches.
Madison has numerous years of experience working with individuals, families, couples, and systems, all who bring their own unique lived experiences including Queer, first responders, trauma survivors and those who experience emotional intensity. She aims to help individuals/families/systems build skills and find their path to the life they are wanting to live. This means together, you will work to identify and utilize strategies to best handle whatever life throws your way.
(503) 647-4284 View (503) 647-4284
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Jackson Wilshire
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
My counseling approach is flexible and mindfulness-based, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I'm enthusiastic about my counseling work and put a lot of energy and focus into each session. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, feelings of shame, low motivation, obsessive-thoughts, or relationship issues (or any combination of these); and if you love to learn more about yourself, including your strengths, challenges, and unique characteristics, then I think I can help!
My counseling approach is flexible and mindfulness-based, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I'm enthusiastic about my counseling work and put a lot of energy and focus into each session. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, feelings of shame, low motivation, obsessive-thoughts, or relationship issues (or any combination of these); and if you love to learn more about yourself, including your strengths, challenges, and unique characteristics, then I think I can help!
(503) 386-0694 View (503) 386-0694
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Karen Dimalanta
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
Dr. Dimalanta uses a variety of approaches including evidenced based treatment and collaboration with her clients. Primary approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. She incorporates wholistic treatment by addressing body and mind treatment including yoga and movement. Dr. Dimalanta is a Certified Health Coach and has a yoga teacher certificate. She has been in practice for 25 + years with children, teens, and adults.
Dr. Dimalanta uses a variety of approaches including evidenced based treatment and collaboration with her clients. Primary approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. She incorporates wholistic treatment by addressing body and mind treatment including yoga and movement. Dr. Dimalanta is a Certified Health Coach and has a yoga teacher certificate. She has been in practice for 25 + years with children, teens, and adults.
(503) 738-1785 View (503) 738-1785
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Alicia L Paz
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Enrollment for my virtual DBT group is open, and our next cohort starts on May 20th. Our group includes a weekly 75-minute DBT group, monthly 30-minute individual session with myself, a custom workbook, and support from peers and professionals in our community site. My goal is to assist clients in learning and utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills in their daily lives. DBT can help with mental health, relationship, and career issues. I work with people from all backgrounds to celebrate their success.
Enrollment for my virtual DBT group is open, and our next cohort starts on May 20th. Our group includes a weekly 75-minute DBT group, monthly 30-minute individual session with myself, a custom workbook, and support from peers and professionals in our community site. My goal is to assist clients in learning and utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills in their daily lives. DBT can help with mental health, relationship, and career issues. I work with people from all backgrounds to celebrate their success.
(503) 461-0547 View (503) 461-0547
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Stark Counseling
Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
In my work, I apply Gestalt, somatic, Dialectical Behavioral (DBT), and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples whose challenges with interpersonal relationships are due to anxiety, depression, and/or past traumatic events. My clients with the best outcomes are willing to engage in deep dialogues, complete "homework" between sessions, and are comfortable with a "hands-on approach” in therapy. I am a good fit for people struggling with social anxiety, depression, religious trauma, life transitions, procrastination, or relationship issues. I enjoy working with LGBTQIA + community and can help people questioning gender identity and heteronormativity.
In my work, I apply Gestalt, somatic, Dialectical Behavioral (DBT), and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples whose challenges with interpersonal relationships are due to anxiety, depression, and/or past traumatic events. My clients with the best outcomes are willing to engage in deep dialogues, complete "homework" between sessions, and are comfortable with a "hands-on approach” in therapy. I am a good fit for people struggling with social anxiety, depression, religious trauma, life transitions, procrastination, or relationship issues. I enjoy working with LGBTQIA + community and can help people questioning gender identity and heteronormativity.
(503) 461-8894 View (503) 461-8894
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Kelsey Zettle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
I specialize in individual and group therapy, utilizing frameworks like CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and more.
Feeling depressed and unmotivated? Anxious and plagued by ruminating thoughts? Feeling hopeless about your ability to improve? We will work together to establish concrete goals for your treatment, address external barriers and cognitive distortions halting progress, and build skills to manage your distress. My goal is to support you and provide more directive services, as needed, to help you attain your ideal level of functioning and most authentic self!
I specialize in individual and group therapy, utilizing frameworks like CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and more.
Feeling depressed and unmotivated? Anxious and plagued by ruminating thoughts? Feeling hopeless about your ability to improve? We will work together to establish concrete goals for your treatment, address external barriers and cognitive distortions halting progress, and build skills to manage your distress. My goal is to support you and provide more directive services, as needed, to help you attain your ideal level of functioning and most authentic self!
(971) 206-6314 View (971) 206-6314
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Jessica L Besner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215  (Online Only)
I offer psychotherapy for healing from developmental trauma and attachment wounding from a holistic and relational lens, using Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), and both mindfulness-based and somatic approaches.
My work is centered around empowering womxn and gender diverse folx, especially those who have experienced interpersonal or cultural trauma. I have special interest and training in working with the adolescent/young adult population, those who have experienced religious trauma, survivors of narcissistic abuse, and those interested in psychedelic integration work. I help others develop more secure relationships with themselves and those around them, and work with your inner critic to unburden the parts of self that have developed as a response to trauma. I also offer ADHD evaluations in a limited capacity.
I offer psychotherapy for healing from developmental trauma and attachment wounding from a holistic and relational lens, using Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), and both mindfulness-based and somatic approaches.
My work is centered around empowering womxn and gender diverse folx, especially those who have experienced interpersonal or cultural trauma. I have special interest and training in working with the adolescent/young adult population, those who have experienced religious trauma, survivors of narcissistic abuse, and those interested in psychedelic integration work. I help others develop more secure relationships with themselves and those around them, and work with your inner critic to unburden the parts of self that have developed as a response to trauma. I also offer ADHD evaluations in a limited capacity.
(503) 755-8240 View (503) 755-8240
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Emma Slater
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
I use a framework of cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy(DBT), EMDR, motivational interviewing and other therapeutic models.
There are many different approaches to therapy. What works for one person might not work for another. By developing a strong therapeutic relationship we will find what works best. I approach sessions in a warm, interactive, collaborative and individualized way. It is my goal to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment to explore and process the things that are impacting you in your daily life. We all have a history and are doing the best we can with what we know, if we address barriers and unhelpful behaviors we can continue to improve and live a more satisfying life.
I use a framework of cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy(DBT), EMDR, motivational interviewing and other therapeutic models.
There are many different approaches to therapy. What works for one person might not work for another. By developing a strong therapeutic relationship we will find what works best. I approach sessions in a warm, interactive, collaborative and individualized way. It is my goal to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment to explore and process the things that are impacting you in your daily life. We all have a history and are doing the best we can with what we know, if we address barriers and unhelpful behaviors we can continue to improve and live a more satisfying life.
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Elizabeth 'eliza' Winter
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97204
Winter provides individual treatment for teens and adults using evidence-based practices such as mindfulness-based CBT, DBT skills; assertive communication and conflict resolution; anger management; skills training for ADHD; self-regulation, and energy management for the neurodivergent nervous system utilizing spoon theory.
Dr. Winter is a clinical psychologist with a background in treatment, assessment, and research. She specializes in anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders including (but, not limited to) ADHD, Autism Spectrum, OCD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. She excels at solving tricky clinical questions to identify what is causing specific problems or keeping someone from progressing in treatment.
Winter provides individual treatment for teens and adults using evidence-based practices such as mindfulness-based CBT, DBT skills; assertive communication and conflict resolution; anger management; skills training for ADHD; self-regulation, and energy management for the neurodivergent nervous system utilizing spoon theory.
Dr. Winter is a clinical psychologist with a background in treatment, assessment, and research. She specializes in anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders including (but, not limited to) ADHD, Autism Spectrum, OCD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. She excels at solving tricky clinical questions to identify what is causing specific problems or keeping someone from progressing in treatment.
(971) 259-4664 View (971) 259-4664
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Morgan Looney
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Using CBT, DBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Solution Focused therapies.
Sept. 2023 I have openings for new clients. My hours are 8am-3pm M-F. I also can set up assessment only appointments for folx needing WPATH letters of support. Email is the best way to contact me. I keep a waitlist, reach out to be added. My practice focuses on supporting gender diverse, teen, & BIPOC communities.
Using CBT, DBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Solution Focused therapies.
Sept. 2023 I have openings for new clients. My hours are 8am-3pm M-F. I also can set up assessment only appointments for folx needing WPATH letters of support. Email is the best way to contact me. I keep a waitlist, reach out to be added. My practice focuses on supporting gender diverse, teen, & BIPOC communities.
(971) 257-1543 View (971) 257-1543
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Charity McSperitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
Some of the modalities I utilize are psychoeducation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
I believe strongly that people can and do change. People have the capacity to develop new skills and behaviors to improve their circumstances even in the face of overwhelming events. In my practice, I use a person-centered approach guided by the client. I strive to help people develop healthier thoughts and behaviors to move towards their goal(s). I work to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment for people to explore issues related to anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, trauma, and more.
Some of the modalities I utilize are psychoeducation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
I believe strongly that people can and do change. People have the capacity to develop new skills and behaviors to improve their circumstances even in the face of overwhelming events. In my practice, I use a person-centered approach guided by the client. I strive to help people develop healthier thoughts and behaviors to move towards their goal(s). I work to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment for people to explore issues related to anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, trauma, and more.
(971) 298-8281 View (971) 298-8281
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Teeshawna Tee Amor-Mashino
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, QMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97221  (Online Only)
My approach is strongly influenced by Solution-Focused and Dialectical behavioral therapy.
I am currently accepting clients. I am passionate about and have experience working with individuals in marginalized populations, individuals wanting to manage their anxiety, depression, trauma, and helping individuals through DV/IPV.
My approach is strongly influenced by Solution-Focused and Dialectical behavioral therapy.
I am currently accepting clients. I am passionate about and have experience working with individuals in marginalized populations, individuals wanting to manage their anxiety, depression, trauma, and helping individuals through DV/IPV.
(503) 400-3877 View (503) 400-3877
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Melanie Mamola
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97267
Waitlist for new clients
I utilize mindfulness-based techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well as various expressive arts modalities.
The fact that you are here, browsing for a potential counselor, is a brave step in the direction of growth, and I would be honored to accompany you on this most heartfelt journey. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, parenting issues, divorce, and feelings of low self-worth, as well as with those who are sober curious, in recovery, or who want to explore behavioral addictions.
I utilize mindfulness-based techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well as various expressive arts modalities.
The fact that you are here, browsing for a potential counselor, is a brave step in the direction of growth, and I would be honored to accompany you on this most heartfelt journey. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, parenting issues, divorce, and feelings of low self-worth, as well as with those who are sober curious, in recovery, or who want to explore behavioral addictions.
(503) 486-3345 View (503) 486-3345
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Sara A Post
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213
I utilize trauma informed, strength-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with other evidence-based and mindfulness interventions.
As a therapist with 20 years of experience specializing in working with a diverse population of teens, young adults, and families, I have decided to leverage my expertise by co-founding a group practice. I believe the therapeutic progress happens in a safe, empowering, and non-judgmental space for self-exploration and healing. I really value the therapeutic relationship, which we will build together in a safe, collaborative space where you can feel genuinely seen and heard. I enjoy using warmth, humor, and curiosity in my sessions. We will work together to identify and build upon your strengths and create lasting changes.
I utilize trauma informed, strength-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with other evidence-based and mindfulness interventions.
As a therapist with 20 years of experience specializing in working with a diverse population of teens, young adults, and families, I have decided to leverage my expertise by co-founding a group practice. I believe the therapeutic progress happens in a safe, empowering, and non-judgmental space for self-exploration and healing. I really value the therapeutic relationship, which we will build together in a safe, collaborative space where you can feel genuinely seen and heard. I enjoy using warmth, humor, and curiosity in my sessions. We will work together to identify and build upon your strengths and create lasting changes.
(503) 832-6557 View (503) 832-6557

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.