Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in San Antonio, TX

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Megan Luke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with changes or challenges in life where you need more support? Would you like to manage difficult emotions more effectively? Are you ready to make a change? Megan works with trauma using EMDR therapy as well as DBT for finding balance in life. Megan has experience working with people who have attachment problems, relationship problems, and are struggling with their identity in our complex world. Megan is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and believes strongly in walking the difficult paths with people as they navigate life and mental health challenges.
Are you struggling with changes or challenges in life where you need more support? Would you like to manage difficult emotions more effectively? Are you ready to make a change? Megan works with trauma using EMDR therapy as well as DBT for finding balance in life. Megan has experience working with people who have attachment problems, relationship problems, and are struggling with their identity in our complex world. Megan is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and believes strongly in walking the difficult paths with people as they navigate life and mental health challenges.
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Diane Dunn Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78232
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety or depression? If these issues are getting to be more than you can handle alone, reach out for help from an impartial, empathetic person who can listen and help you develop healthy coping skills, set reachable goals, and improve communication with family, friends and colleagues. I specialize in counseling children, adolescents and their families, using a holistic approach that looks at the whole person, their family, their environment, and their needs. I offer individual or family therapy, incorporating client centered therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, dialectical behavior therapy, and play therapy. Certified health coach, also integrate wellness techniques.
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety or depression? If these issues are getting to be more than you can handle alone, reach out for help from an impartial, empathetic person who can listen and help you develop healthy coping skills, set reachable goals, and improve communication with family, friends and colleagues. I specialize in counseling children, adolescents and their families, using a holistic approach that looks at the whole person, their family, their environment, and their needs. I offer individual or family therapy, incorporating client centered therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, dialectical behavior therapy, and play therapy. Certified health coach, also integrate wellness techniques.
(210) 816-4168 View (210) 816-4168
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Diana Lara Counseling LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78253  (Online Only)
Tailoring care to you, I use my training in CBT, DBT, and a variety of other modalities to help you.
Are you feeling lost, stuck, anxious, or depressed? Are you struggling with traumatic memories, low self-confidence, women's issues, problems in your relationships, or communication skills? Are you ready to start changing unhealthy patterns, or habits and make progress toward your goals? I am right here, ready to help you. Together we can work to untangle your ruminating thoughts and overwhelming emotions. I have helped individuals find understanding and healing in difficult situations, I specialize in areas of trauma, women's issues, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues.
Tailoring care to you, I use my training in CBT, DBT, and a variety of other modalities to help you.
Are you feeling lost, stuck, anxious, or depressed? Are you struggling with traumatic memories, low self-confidence, women's issues, problems in your relationships, or communication skills? Are you ready to start changing unhealthy patterns, or habits and make progress toward your goals? I am right here, ready to help you. Together we can work to untangle your ruminating thoughts and overwhelming emotions. I have helped individuals find understanding and healing in difficult situations, I specialize in areas of trauma, women's issues, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues.
(210) 806-7476 View (210) 806-7476
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Kasi Howard
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78213
I do DBT, CPT, EMDR and interpersonal therapy.
I believe in working with you to best meet your goals and needs based on where you are. I work with adolescents, age 16 and up and adults. Please check out our website at www.innovarecoverycenter.com to learn more. We are eager to partner with you on your journey to healing! We also offer speciality programs in the following areas: abuse/trauma/PTSD; sexual addiction.
I do DBT, CPT, EMDR and interpersonal therapy.
I believe in working with you to best meet your goals and needs based on where you are. I work with adolescents, age 16 and up and adults. Please check out our website at www.innovarecoverycenter.com to learn more. We are eager to partner with you on your journey to healing! We also offer speciality programs in the following areas: abuse/trauma/PTSD; sexual addiction.
(210) 361-4239 View (210) 361-4239
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Shirley Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
She incorporates evidence-based integrative modalities such as person-centered therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness.
Shirley Gutierrez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience in helping people learn healthy coping skills for the challenges life hands us. She specializes in helping individuals with complex challenges that can arise from careers, difficult family relationships, chronic illness, caregiver strain, anxiety, and depression.
She incorporates evidence-based integrative modalities such as person-centered therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness.
Shirley Gutierrez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience in helping people learn healthy coping skills for the challenges life hands us. She specializes in helping individuals with complex challenges that can arise from careers, difficult family relationships, chronic illness, caregiver strain, anxiety, and depression.
(210) 791-7782 View (210) 791-7782
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Carl Price
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS , LPC-A, LCDC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
I have a background in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and problem-solving.
Change is not easy but it is possible. You will be held accountable, challenged, and coached. I am a no-BS mental health professional. My passion is to work alongside you as you move closer to the ideal version of yourself. I understand that your motivation may be lacking. I know that you may need help finding initiative. That's OK! We will figure it out with an actionable plan, one step at a time. Additionally, I am a kink-friendly provider able to assist BDSM, polyamorous, and other lifestyle relationships. I understand your experiences and love working to improve interpersonal dynamics through effective communication.
I have a background in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and problem-solving.
Change is not easy but it is possible. You will be held accountable, challenged, and coached. I am a no-BS mental health professional. My passion is to work alongside you as you move closer to the ideal version of yourself. I understand that your motivation may be lacking. I know that you may need help finding initiative. That's OK! We will figure it out with an actionable plan, one step at a time. Additionally, I am a kink-friendly provider able to assist BDSM, polyamorous, and other lifestyle relationships. I understand your experiences and love working to improve interpersonal dynamics through effective communication.
(210) 369-9424 View (210) 369-9424
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Christina R. Landeros
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, C-DBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78205  (Online Only)
I will work with you to find hope, inner peace, build healthy habits, process traumatic experiences, and give you strategies to move forward. I tailor evidence-based mental health treatment to your needs and priority concerns. I have over 15 years of practice experience working in mental health and medical settings. I incorporate Mindfulness, Meditation, DBT Skills, IFS Informed EMDR (tapping to reprocess trauma), FLASH technique (positive imagery, including music) to reprocess, connect within, and connect with others. Email Me if you would like a free 15-minute consultation via Zoom to discuss your goals and therapy options.
I will work with you to find hope, inner peace, build healthy habits, process traumatic experiences, and give you strategies to move forward. I tailor evidence-based mental health treatment to your needs and priority concerns. I have over 15 years of practice experience working in mental health and medical settings. I incorporate Mindfulness, Meditation, DBT Skills, IFS Informed EMDR (tapping to reprocess trauma), FLASH technique (positive imagery, including music) to reprocess, connect within, and connect with others. Email Me if you would like a free 15-minute consultation via Zoom to discuss your goals and therapy options.
(512) 559-7807 View (512) 559-7807
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Jd Jacobson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78216
Using empirically proven techniques including CBT, TF-CBT, and DBT strategies, my therapy is effective in helping you manage severe diagnoses, explore new possibilities, and make big improvements in your life.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues? You want it to get easier, but it never does. Maybe you're feeling numb, on edge, or overwhelmed, your relationships are draining, and the stress of COVID-19 is making everything harder. Whatever your situation is, I’m committed to getting to the root of what's getting in the way so you can start building the life you deserve. I have helped hundreds of clients work through depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and divorce. Through our work together, you'll begin to stop blaming yourself and start creating healthier relationships.
Using empirically proven techniques including CBT, TF-CBT, and DBT strategies, my therapy is effective in helping you manage severe diagnoses, explore new possibilities, and make big improvements in your life.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues? You want it to get easier, but it never does. Maybe you're feeling numb, on edge, or overwhelmed, your relationships are draining, and the stress of COVID-19 is making everything harder. Whatever your situation is, I’m committed to getting to the root of what's getting in the way so you can start building the life you deserve. I have helped hundreds of clients work through depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and divorce. Through our work together, you'll begin to stop blaming yourself and start creating healthier relationships.
(210) 982-0872 View (210) 982-0872
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Lindsey Osgood
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
I offer DBT for clients who desire to improve their lives through use of skills.
I work with clients wherever they are at. Finding a therapist can be an anxiety inducing process. My focus is to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to untangle their thoughts and be their authentic selves. I aim to assist clients with further knowing themselves with the goal of teaching themselves to be their own therapist. I welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.
I offer DBT for clients who desire to improve their lives through use of skills.
I work with clients wherever they are at. Finding a therapist can be an anxiety inducing process. My focus is to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to untangle their thoughts and be their authentic selves. I aim to assist clients with further knowing themselves with the goal of teaching themselves to be their own therapist. I welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.
(210) 361-1274 View (210) 361-1274
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Senovio Sparrow
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78228
Navigating personality disorders? I've got you covered with DBT and Schema Therapy to help you manage emotions and improve relationships.
With over ten years of clinical experience, I'm a licensed therapist passionate about helping you thrive. I work to see you for who you truly are and create a warm, supportive space to tackle challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, and LGBTQ+ issues. For anxiety and depression, I use techniques like CBT and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to help you reshape negative thoughts and build resilience. When it comes to trauma, I'm your guide through the healing process, providing empathy and support, especially in your darkest times.
Navigating personality disorders? I've got you covered with DBT and Schema Therapy to help you manage emotions and improve relationships.
With over ten years of clinical experience, I'm a licensed therapist passionate about helping you thrive. I work to see you for who you truly are and create a warm, supportive space to tackle challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, and LGBTQ+ issues. For anxiety and depression, I use techniques like CBT and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to help you reshape negative thoughts and build resilience. When it comes to trauma, I'm your guide through the healing process, providing empathy and support, especially in your darkest times.
(726) 201-5284 View (726) 201-5284
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Stillwater Counseling & Coaching Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238
We offer a variety of therapeutic modalities for individual counseling such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, sand tray therapy, hypnotherapy, therapeutic art, client-centered approach and personal/life coaching services.
Are you searching for ways to reduce anxiety, depression or trauma-related symptoms? Are you searching for counselors who are kind, positive and open to your experiences? Our office offers an ethnically diverse and multi-dimensional team that can work together to meet your needs for therapy. We have a mix of military veterans, former educators, former school counselors, licensed social workers, life coaches and licensed chemical/dependency counselors with a wide range of experience and specialties. We can work with your therapeutic needs and match you up the counselor that can help you gain a better sense of well-being.
We offer a variety of therapeutic modalities for individual counseling such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, sand tray therapy, hypnotherapy, therapeutic art, client-centered approach and personal/life coaching services.
Are you searching for ways to reduce anxiety, depression or trauma-related symptoms? Are you searching for counselors who are kind, positive and open to your experiences? Our office offers an ethnically diverse and multi-dimensional team that can work together to meet your needs for therapy. We have a mix of military veterans, former educators, former school counselors, licensed social workers, life coaches and licensed chemical/dependency counselors with a wide range of experience and specialties. We can work with your therapeutic needs and match you up the counselor that can help you gain a better sense of well-being.
(210) 851-9813 View (210) 851-9813
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Christina Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78228
I use evidence based therapy interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Accelerated Resolution therapy (ART) & more.
Do you feel like everyday is a dice roll, and you never win? Have you tried everything you can on your own and nothing seems to get better? You don't have to do it alone. Victor Hugo said, “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” I am here to help you overcome your dark night and find peace. Starting, or returning, to counseling can be hard but I am passionate about making the experience feel safe and comforting. There is no threshold of pain or trauma you have to experience to qualify for counseling; your needs and problems matter. My focus is to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be.
I use evidence based therapy interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Accelerated Resolution therapy (ART) & more.
Do you feel like everyday is a dice roll, and you never win? Have you tried everything you can on your own and nothing seems to get better? You don't have to do it alone. Victor Hugo said, “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” I am here to help you overcome your dark night and find peace. Starting, or returning, to counseling can be hard but I am passionate about making the experience feel safe and comforting. There is no threshold of pain or trauma you have to experience to qualify for counseling; your needs and problems matter. My focus is to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be.
(210) 981-5842 View (210) 981-5842
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Cara Leeney
LPC Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78212  (Online Only)
I use a combination of somatics, EMDR, DBT, and CBT.
Hi, I'm so glad you're here! I believe we are all meant to live a life we truly love and feel excited about living, but through our life experiences and traumas we picked up beliefs and behaviors that can keep us stuck in unwanted patterns. My goal for us is to identify the unhelpful blocks, process them, and create new narratives that truly align with your unique heart and spirit. I believe in taking a holistic approach with clients. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner which influences my approach.
I use a combination of somatics, EMDR, DBT, and CBT.
Hi, I'm so glad you're here! I believe we are all meant to live a life we truly love and feel excited about living, but through our life experiences and traumas we picked up beliefs and behaviors that can keep us stuck in unwanted patterns. My goal for us is to identify the unhelpful blocks, process them, and create new narratives that truly align with your unique heart and spirit. I believe in taking a holistic approach with clients. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner which influences my approach.
(726) 227-4383 View (726) 227-4383
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Anna Billingsley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, C-DBT
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78231  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My intent within my practice is create a safe space for all of your experiences. I have extensive training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, stage-based trauma therapy, LGBTQIA-affirmative therapy, and couples and family therapy. I provide an integrative theoretical approach and I believe in utilizing creative modalities for my clients. For those in the San Antonio area, I do offer walk and talk in person sessions. This is a movement-based therapy and a good fit for those interested in an innovative and creative approach.
My intent within my practice is create a safe space for all of your experiences. I have extensive training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, stage-based trauma therapy, LGBTQIA-affirmative therapy, and couples and family therapy. I provide an integrative theoretical approach and I believe in utilizing creative modalities for my clients. For those in the San Antonio area, I do offer walk and talk in person sessions. This is a movement-based therapy and a good fit for those interested in an innovative and creative approach.
(210) 864-7275 View (210) 864-7275
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Online Virtual Therapy With Shaudi Adel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78250
I primarily use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help clients achieve more skillful ways of coping.
FREE consultations! Are you feeling stuck in negative thoughts, intense emotions, or behavioral patterns that don't serve your best interest? Are you hoping to build more meaning and joy in your life? You may feel hesitant about reaching out for help, especially with pressure from all directions to "have it all together". I'm here to join you on this journey to discover healing and build a balanced life.
I primarily use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help clients achieve more skillful ways of coping.
FREE consultations! Are you feeling stuck in negative thoughts, intense emotions, or behavioral patterns that don't serve your best interest? Are you hoping to build more meaning and joy in your life? You may feel hesitant about reaching out for help, especially with pressure from all directions to "have it all together". I'm here to join you on this journey to discover healing and build a balanced life.
(858) 736-9964 View (858) 736-9964
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Esther Heffler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
I work from a person-centered and trauma-informed lens and draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
I like to say the counseling profession chose me because I have honestly always had a passion for building connections and having deep conversations about everything from love and joy to heartbreak and hardships. That same passion and undeniable love for San Antonio led me to pursue both my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UTSA. My journey to becoming the Licensed Professional Counselor I am today has been one I am immensely grateful for.
I work from a person-centered and trauma-informed lens and draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
I like to say the counseling profession chose me because I have honestly always had a passion for building connections and having deep conversations about everything from love and joy to heartbreak and hardships. That same passion and undeniable love for San Antonio led me to pursue both my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UTSA. My journey to becoming the Licensed Professional Counselor I am today has been one I am immensely grateful for.
(210) 775-1412 View (210) 775-1412
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Donna Clark Stutes, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78232
I am a Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapist.
I am a collaboratively oriented counselor. I believe that successful change is dependent on your enthusiastic participation in the process. I see myself as a sort of guide and someone who can offer alternative perspectives which may lead you to new ways of thinking about and acting on your circumstances. I believe that ultimately you contain the solutions to the things you bring to therapy. I will do my best to help you access those solutions and find your best possible outcome.
I am a Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapist.
I am a collaboratively oriented counselor. I believe that successful change is dependent on your enthusiastic participation in the process. I see myself as a sort of guide and someone who can offer alternative perspectives which may lead you to new ways of thinking about and acting on your circumstances. I believe that ultimately you contain the solutions to the things you bring to therapy. I will do my best to help you access those solutions and find your best possible outcome.
(210) 762-5087 View (210) 762-5087
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Dr. Margo DelaGarza
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78232
I offer CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Mindfulness for Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, and Trauma.
I am an experienced clinician who offers exceptional care to people of all ages. I work with Adults, Couples, Public Figures and Adolescents. Services available in Spanish. My fee is $180 per session and I do not accept insurance.
I offer CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Mindfulness for Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, and Trauma.
I am an experienced clinician who offers exceptional care to people of all ages. I work with Adults, Couples, Public Figures and Adolescents. Services available in Spanish. My fee is $180 per session and I do not accept insurance.
(210) 774-6789 View (210) 774-6789
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Advanced Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78228
We are experienced in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Alpha Stim (biofeedback), Solution Focused, and many others.
We are a group of friendly experienced therapists who evaluate, diagnose and treat all mood disorders, behavioral disorders, and trauma from age 6 to 64 years old.
We are experienced in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Alpha Stim (biofeedback), Solution Focused, and many others.
We are a group of friendly experienced therapists who evaluate, diagnose and treat all mood disorders, behavioral disorders, and trauma from age 6 to 64 years old.
(210) 940-3844 View (210) 940-3844
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Dr. Rachelle Morales
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, EMDR-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78232
I have experience working from a variety approaches, including DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, EMDR, and Gottman’s Couples Therapy.
Life can be difficult in many ways. Perhaps you are changing jobs, entering a new life stage, or making a life altering transition. Or maybe you are struggling more with day to day challenges, such as stress, anxiety, or even depression. When it comes to life, there is no clear straight path to take, it is full of ups, downs, twists, and turns. Whatever you may be struggling with, let's work together to help you get to where you would like to be in life. While we can't change the past, we can learn to understand it and grow from it!
I have experience working from a variety approaches, including DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, EMDR, and Gottman’s Couples Therapy.
Life can be difficult in many ways. Perhaps you are changing jobs, entering a new life stage, or making a life altering transition. Or maybe you are struggling more with day to day challenges, such as stress, anxiety, or even depression. When it comes to life, there is no clear straight path to take, it is full of ups, downs, twists, and turns. Whatever you may be struggling with, let's work together to help you get to where you would like to be in life. While we can't change the past, we can learn to understand it and grow from it!
(210) 879-9918 View (210) 879-9918

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.