Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Austin, TX

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Delana Parker
Psychologist, Delana
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701
I am experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and biofeedback.
I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and their families to help them achieve fuller, healthier and happier lives. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents and young adults coping with anxiety, depression, perfectionism, chronic pain, adjustment to health conditions and difficulties managing emotions.
I am experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and biofeedback.
I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and their families to help them achieve fuller, healthier and happier lives. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents and young adults coping with anxiety, depression, perfectionism, chronic pain, adjustment to health conditions and difficulties managing emotions.
(737) 727-3636 View (737) 727-3636
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Monica Alexander
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78737
I am certified in CBT, DBT-A, and TGCT-A.
It is a brave and courageous step to start this healing journey. Have you noticed yourself, or child feel overwhelmed? Have you experienced hurt, that causes you struggles in your daily life and relationships? Do you need a safe space to process difficult emotions or issues? Do you need assistance as a caregiver to connect with your child more? I would be honored to help you navigate any of these life stressors. I want my clients to gain as many skills as possible; leaving therapy feeling well equipped to manage any curve ball thrown your way.
I am certified in CBT, DBT-A, and TGCT-A.
It is a brave and courageous step to start this healing journey. Have you noticed yourself, or child feel overwhelmed? Have you experienced hurt, that causes you struggles in your daily life and relationships? Do you need a safe space to process difficult emotions or issues? Do you need assistance as a caregiver to connect with your child more? I would be honored to help you navigate any of these life stressors. I want my clients to gain as many skills as possible; leaving therapy feeling well equipped to manage any curve ball thrown your way.
(737) 530-4324 View (737) 530-4324
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Kelly Pedersen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78747  (Online Only)
She also uses CBT and DBT in her therapeutic processes.
Ready to roll up your sleeves and make a transformative shift in your life? Acknowledging that our personal history often obscures rather than informs who we are, Kelly specializes in redefining perception: assisting individuals with trauma recovery & couples with intimacy-rebuilding with insight and useful techniques for bypassing roadblocks. She helps people hone their anger management skills and address the flip side of the coin: initiating the healing process after someone has endured physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
She also uses CBT and DBT in her therapeutic processes.
Ready to roll up your sleeves and make a transformative shift in your life? Acknowledging that our personal history often obscures rather than informs who we are, Kelly specializes in redefining perception: assisting individuals with trauma recovery & couples with intimacy-rebuilding with insight and useful techniques for bypassing roadblocks. She helps people hone their anger management skills and address the flip side of the coin: initiating the healing process after someone has endured physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
(512) 842-4976 View (512) 842-4976
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Gloria Mann
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I draw on a variety of techniques including Strengths Based Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I am honored to have the opportunity to walk with you in your journey. Trusting others can be hard, and I am committed to cultivating a safe place where you can share your story. My goal is for you to feel empowered to explore and share your fears and joy. Every person has faced challenges, and and I hope to create a safe place for you to be fully seen and celebrated. As you navigate the terrain of your life, I look forward to providing you with a listening ear and self-advocacy tools and strategies. Together, we will pursue healing and help you discover the courage and resiliency you have to meet life's challenges.
I draw on a variety of techniques including Strengths Based Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I am honored to have the opportunity to walk with you in your journey. Trusting others can be hard, and I am committed to cultivating a safe place where you can share your story. My goal is for you to feel empowered to explore and share your fears and joy. Every person has faced challenges, and and I hope to create a safe place for you to be fully seen and celebrated. As you navigate the terrain of your life, I look forward to providing you with a listening ear and self-advocacy tools and strategies. Together, we will pursue healing and help you discover the courage and resiliency you have to meet life's challenges.
(512) 969-2155 View (512) 969-2155
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Kiari Williams
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78728  (Online Only)
I use a direct, but compassionate approach using Family Systems Theory, DBT, and ACT as the foundation of our work together.
Do you desire a better life not controlled by negative feelings, distressing thoughts, and behaviors? I recognize the wear and tear that fear, distrust, rage, shame and hopelessness has had on every aspect of your life. My work centers teens, couples, and families who struggle to create safe relationships with themselves and others due to learned dysfunctional patterns, childhood trauma, and intergenerational trauma. I invite you take the next step in your healing and work towards solutions that work for you.
I use a direct, but compassionate approach using Family Systems Theory, DBT, and ACT as the foundation of our work together.
Do you desire a better life not controlled by negative feelings, distressing thoughts, and behaviors? I recognize the wear and tear that fear, distrust, rage, shame and hopelessness has had on every aspect of your life. My work centers teens, couples, and families who struggle to create safe relationships with themselves and others due to learned dysfunctional patterns, childhood trauma, and intergenerational trauma. I invite you take the next step in your healing and work towards solutions that work for you.
(737) 302-5254 View (737) 302-5254
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Patricia Truhn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
I incorporate DBT, CBT, EMDR and personal accountability into my treatment.
I believe at some point in our lives we all need some extra support. Therapy gives people the opportunity to talk to a non-judgmental, caring individual who can help you in the difficult moments of your life, and help you feel not alone or lost.
I incorporate DBT, CBT, EMDR and personal accountability into my treatment.
I believe at some point in our lives we all need some extra support. Therapy gives people the opportunity to talk to a non-judgmental, caring individual who can help you in the difficult moments of your life, and help you feel not alone or lost.
(737) 204-9230 View (737) 204-9230
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Kaylyn Adams
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
I view therapy from a holistic, dialectical, and strengths-based perspective.
I'm a compassionate therapist who believes in the power of connection and authenticity on the path to well-being. With a diverse range of experiences, I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, and couples, fostering a warm and thoughtful therapeutic environment. Through the exploration of cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques, I collaborate with my clients to navigate trauma and cultivate a more fulfilling and meaningful life. My approach is rooted in the values of self-compassion and authenticity. I guides my clients in embracing their true selves, fostering a sense of self-worth and resilience.
I view therapy from a holistic, dialectical, and strengths-based perspective.
I'm a compassionate therapist who believes in the power of connection and authenticity on the path to well-being. With a diverse range of experiences, I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, and couples, fostering a warm and thoughtful therapeutic environment. Through the exploration of cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques, I collaborate with my clients to navigate trauma and cultivate a more fulfilling and meaningful life. My approach is rooted in the values of self-compassion and authenticity. I guides my clients in embracing their true selves, fostering a sense of self-worth and resilience.
(737) 758-2843 View (737) 758-2843
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Leslie Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through an Attachment Theory lens.
Life can be hard. Sometimes we just need a safe place to vent. Other times we want input from a neutral party to gain a new perspective. As your therapist, I will help you identify what will help you move forward and navigate the difficult times. I am a thoughtful and compassionate listener and will validate your experiences from a place of genuine care. I offer support and insight through constructive yet gentle questioning and suggestions. I excel at empowering individuals who struggle in relationships and may be battling depression, anxiety, perfectionism, and past traumas.
I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through an Attachment Theory lens.
Life can be hard. Sometimes we just need a safe place to vent. Other times we want input from a neutral party to gain a new perspective. As your therapist, I will help you identify what will help you move forward and navigate the difficult times. I am a thoughtful and compassionate listener and will validate your experiences from a place of genuine care. I offer support and insight through constructive yet gentle questioning and suggestions. I excel at empowering individuals who struggle in relationships and may be battling depression, anxiety, perfectionism, and past traumas.
(512) 850-6817 View (512) 850-6817
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Devin Rabas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
I also integrate mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and trauma informed therapy in our sessions together.
Hi, I'm Devin, a compassionate and dedicated clinical social worker helping individuals navigate life's challenges. Maybe you're struggling with the loss of a loved one or the end of an important relationship. You might be going through a major life change and looking for an unbiased and supportive environment. I encourage individuals to make small and attainable goals to help them move forward and lead a fulfilling life.
I also integrate mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and trauma informed therapy in our sessions together.
Hi, I'm Devin, a compassionate and dedicated clinical social worker helping individuals navigate life's challenges. Maybe you're struggling with the loss of a loved one or the end of an important relationship. You might be going through a major life change and looking for an unbiased and supportive environment. I encourage individuals to make small and attainable goals to help them move forward and lead a fulfilling life.
(503) 907-6089 View (503) 907-6089
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Amy I. Brent
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
I am an Intensively Trained DBT Therapist.
As a Dialectical Behavior Therapist, my goal in individual and group therapy is to help clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, anger outbursts, impulsive and compulsive behaviors. I work with clients to help them learn coping skills to manage these symptoms so they can achieve their goals and build the life they desire. I work closely with my clients to support them in the process of change which can be both difficult and very rewarding.
I am an Intensively Trained DBT Therapist.
As a Dialectical Behavior Therapist, my goal in individual and group therapy is to help clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, anger outbursts, impulsive and compulsive behaviors. I work with clients to help them learn coping skills to manage these symptoms so they can achieve their goals and build the life they desire. I work closely with my clients to support them in the process of change which can be both difficult and very rewarding.
(512) 400-2706 View (512) 400-2706
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Chad Wysong - New Clients Accepted
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
I use EMDR and other modes of treatment such as CBT, DBT, and traditional talk therapy.
I understand, it is a big step to reach out for help if you are in pain. While most of us tend to hunker down when feeling overwhelmed and out of control that is actually the best time to seek support. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction, or other challenges I can help. I enjoy most working with clients seeking changes that help them overcome distress, feel good, and reach their goals. Reach out for your free 15 minute consultation to find out how I can assist you and if I am the right therapist for you.
I use EMDR and other modes of treatment such as CBT, DBT, and traditional talk therapy.
I understand, it is a big step to reach out for help if you are in pain. While most of us tend to hunker down when feeling overwhelmed and out of control that is actually the best time to seek support. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction, or other challenges I can help. I enjoy most working with clients seeking changes that help them overcome distress, feel good, and reach their goals. Reach out for your free 15 minute consultation to find out how I can assist you and if I am the right therapist for you.
(737) 232-5907 x4805 View (737) 232-5907 x4805
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Kristi D Long
Counselor, LCDC, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
Kristi is passionate about normalizing mental health care and increasing access to high quality treatment for all individuals. She has experience with CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, EMDR, and ExRP/ERP for the treatment of OCD. In her personal time, Kristi enjoys learning new skills and hobbies and considers herself a “serial hobbyist,” as she enjoys many different activities. One of her favorite quotes that demonstrates her perspective on therapy is the following from Albert Einstein – “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Kristi is passionate about normalizing mental health care and increasing access to high quality treatment for all individuals. She has experience with CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, EMDR, and ExRP/ERP for the treatment of OCD. In her personal time, Kristi enjoys learning new skills and hobbies and considers herself a “serial hobbyist,” as she enjoys many different activities. One of her favorite quotes that demonstrates her perspective on therapy is the following from Albert Einstein – “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
(512) 982-9372 View (512) 982-9372
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Jamie Figari
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78756
With expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), CBT, and Motivational Interviewing, I assist clients in developing skills to manage emotions, navigate interpersonal conflicts, cultivate mindfulness, and challenge negative thought patterns.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples from a holistic perspective, incorporating evidence-based modalities to support healing and growth. My practice is informed by the belief that healing occurs within the context of relationships. I approach therapy from a "person in the environment perspective". I help clients explore the dynamics within their families of origin and how these patterns continue to influence their current relationships and sense of self. We will also explore the importance of secure attachments in fostering emotional regulation and resilience.
With expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), CBT, and Motivational Interviewing, I assist clients in developing skills to manage emotions, navigate interpersonal conflicts, cultivate mindfulness, and challenge negative thought patterns.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples from a holistic perspective, incorporating evidence-based modalities to support healing and growth. My practice is informed by the belief that healing occurs within the context of relationships. I approach therapy from a "person in the environment perspective". I help clients explore the dynamics within their families of origin and how these patterns continue to influence their current relationships and sense of self. We will also explore the importance of secure attachments in fostering emotional regulation and resilience.
(512) 855-6363 View (512) 855-6363
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Catherine Lee
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I pull from mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and more.
Hi there and welcome! Therapy is quite the journey and I would be honored to be part of yours. It takes courage, time, and personal investment to embark on this journey and my goal is to provide quality, research-based approaches to helping you live a more fulfilling life! I work with people of all ages and backgrounds. While in graduate school at St. Edward's University, I had the opportunity to intern at Austin State Hospital working with chronic mental illness. I have worked with clients from age 5-70 with a variety of needs.
I pull from mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and more.
Hi there and welcome! Therapy is quite the journey and I would be honored to be part of yours. It takes courage, time, and personal investment to embark on this journey and my goal is to provide quality, research-based approaches to helping you live a more fulfilling life! I work with people of all ages and backgrounds. While in graduate school at St. Edward's University, I had the opportunity to intern at Austin State Hospital working with chronic mental illness. I have worked with clients from age 5-70 with a variety of needs.
(737) 758-3500 View (737) 758-3500
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Sabine Volkmann
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701
Dr. Sabine Volkmann is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Sabine has experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, substance abuse issues, trauma and PTSD. The treatment modalities that she employs include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution focused therapy and reality therapy.
Dr. Sabine Volkmann is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Sabine has experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, substance abuse issues, trauma and PTSD. The treatment modalities that she employs include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution focused therapy and reality therapy.
(210) 903-8215 View (210) 903-8215
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Search and Create Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756  (Online Only)
I am a therapist who has been licensed for 15 years and a Certified DBT Provider, Certified Addictions-Informed Professional (CAIMHP), ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP), Certified Complex PTSD & Trauma Professional (CCTP-II) & a Certified Arts & Healing Practitioner (UCLA).
My mission is to empower all those I serve to achieve their most fulfilling life. I provide strength-based, trauma-informed, & client-centered services to adults, adolescents, couples, & families. If you are seeking support in any of the following areas, I can help: anxiety • depression • loneliness • grief • trauma • relational challenges • ocd • adhd • career challenges • substance use • family issues • technology dependence • chronic pain • work-life balance • processing difficult moods & emotions • resilience • communication • acceptance (of self & others) • healthy boundaries. I work with you to create individualized goals.
I am a therapist who has been licensed for 15 years and a Certified DBT Provider, Certified Addictions-Informed Professional (CAIMHP), ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP), Certified Complex PTSD & Trauma Professional (CCTP-II) & a Certified Arts & Healing Practitioner (UCLA).
My mission is to empower all those I serve to achieve their most fulfilling life. I provide strength-based, trauma-informed, & client-centered services to adults, adolescents, couples, & families. If you are seeking support in any of the following areas, I can help: anxiety • depression • loneliness • grief • trauma • relational challenges • ocd • adhd • career challenges • substance use • family issues • technology dependence • chronic pain • work-life balance • processing difficult moods & emotions • resilience • communication • acceptance (of self & others) • healthy boundaries. I work with you to create individualized goals.
(512) 890-3461 View (512) 890-3461
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Jennifer Wilhelm
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
Welcome to my practice. I'm passionate about validating, challenging and connecting with my clients. I enjoy working with people in life transitions, perhaps you're feeling stuck and wanting to shed old patterns of behavior to use different parts of self. My clients have described me as warm but able to be direct in a safe, non judgmental atmosphere. I am intensively trained in DBT and EMDR weaving in neuroscience and attachment theories. Please note, I am in the office Monday-Friday 9-3. I do not have evening hours. I generally return new client inquiries on Friday.
Welcome to my practice. I'm passionate about validating, challenging and connecting with my clients. I enjoy working with people in life transitions, perhaps you're feeling stuck and wanting to shed old patterns of behavior to use different parts of self. My clients have described me as warm but able to be direct in a safe, non judgmental atmosphere. I am intensively trained in DBT and EMDR weaving in neuroscience and attachment theories. Please note, I am in the office Monday-Friday 9-3. I do not have evening hours. I generally return new client inquiries on Friday.
(737) 258-2507 View (737) 258-2507
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Deann Acton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78727  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, a board certified art therapist, and 20 years worth of experience using DBT with groups and individuals.
It would be nice to say that we could go through life without heart ache or struggle, but unfortunately no one is immune to challenges. So what do we do when life becomes overwhelming? How do we handle intense emotions? How do we create meaningful relationships in the face of conflict? As a therapist, I have worked for 25 years helping people find ways to cope with life's difficulties, make and maintain positive relationships, learn to understand their emotional reactions, and find ways to clarify their goals so that they may create a life that feels worth living.
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, a board certified art therapist, and 20 years worth of experience using DBT with groups and individuals.
It would be nice to say that we could go through life without heart ache or struggle, but unfortunately no one is immune to challenges. So what do we do when life becomes overwhelming? How do we handle intense emotions? How do we create meaningful relationships in the face of conflict? As a therapist, I have worked for 25 years helping people find ways to cope with life's difficulties, make and maintain positive relationships, learn to understand their emotional reactions, and find ways to clarify their goals so that they may create a life that feels worth living.
(737) 204-2085 View (737) 204-2085
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Haley Alexis Beeson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
My therapeutic style combines my personal characteristics of warmth and humor, while also incorporating Relational Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Psychodynamic work.
I believe the client-therapist relationship should be collaborative, trusting, and authentic. I hope to connect with clients by truly meeting them where they are, free of judgement and assumptions. I am passionate about working with kids, adolescents, young adults, parents, and couples struggling with anxiety, interpersonal relationships, identity issues, past trauma, disordered eating, and life transitions. I support clients of all gender identities, sexual orientation, cultural & ethnic diversity. I work with ages 8 and up. My golden retriever often joins me for sessions :)
My therapeutic style combines my personal characteristics of warmth and humor, while also incorporating Relational Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Psychodynamic work.
I believe the client-therapist relationship should be collaborative, trusting, and authentic. I hope to connect with clients by truly meeting them where they are, free of judgement and assumptions. I am passionate about working with kids, adolescents, young adults, parents, and couples struggling with anxiety, interpersonal relationships, identity issues, past trauma, disordered eating, and life transitions. I support clients of all gender identities, sexual orientation, cultural & ethnic diversity. I work with ages 8 and up. My golden retriever often joins me for sessions :)
(737) 252-5971 View (737) 252-5971
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Njapau Counseling and Consulting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
My approach utilizes a holistic and eclectic approach using CBT, DBT, SFBT that focuses on fostering resilience and self-efficacy in my clients.
Tired of getting the same outcome over and over again, feeling stuck, emotionally overwhelmed? Are you ready to start your healing journey? Are you looking for a therapist who understands the unique challenges of having an intersectional identity in a corporate environment. Hello, my name is Cheryl, an authentic therapist passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves.
My approach utilizes a holistic and eclectic approach using CBT, DBT, SFBT that focuses on fostering resilience and self-efficacy in my clients.
Tired of getting the same outcome over and over again, feeling stuck, emotionally overwhelmed? Are you ready to start your healing journey? Are you looking for a therapist who understands the unique challenges of having an intersectional identity in a corporate environment. Hello, my name is Cheryl, an authentic therapist passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves.
(512) 890-0210 View (512) 890-0210
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.