People who have had most success are ready to do the work. Think about the following questions:

  • Are you ready to meet for individual assessment to get started with group?
  • Are you ready to commit to a minimum of 3 months of weekly classes?
  • Are you ready to arrive on-time and having done the homework?
  • Are you ready to slow down to learn the skills and be patient with applying them to your life?

If you answer no then think about what's getting in the way. Most people find that there is pain in their lives in feeling chaotic, overwhelmed, and out of control. Their emotions are unstable and they're losing relationships. When this is painful enough, the commitment to skills is worth it.

Please be in touch if you are ready to answer yes to all of those questions. You will do the work, it will be challenging and you will find success.

DBT works. It teaches:

* the biosocial model for our emotions and relationships
* the dialectic of having a fulfilled life
* how to practice and implement the skills individualized to your life
* how to make a commitment for taking care of you

I do prefer that you have an individual therapist as this group is based on skills and is not meant to be your only form of therapy. The focus is on teaching and practicing the skills, which might mean using examples from your life while also maintaining privacy and containment. If you do not have an individual therapist, I do have openings and can also provide referrals in the community.

More information on DBT

Created by Marsha Linehan, DBT provides validation of your effort while teaching new skills to change behavior. The goal is to create a life worth living by addressing the imbalance of emotions and an invalidating environment. This is for anyone wanting to enhance their lives and has been especially proven to help those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and BiPolar Disorder.

The skills are taught in four modalities:
* Mindfulness for insightful awareness.

* Emotion Regulation to be savvy about reactions.  

* Distress Tolerance to get though tough moments.

* Interpersonal Effectiveness for meaningful relationships.

They all work together to shape and build your fulfilling life. It's possible. Change will happen with skills and practice.

The standard DBT program consists of four components:
* Individual Therapy  
* Skills Training  
* Telephone Coaching 
* Consultation Group for the Therapist

Any therapist intensively trained in DBT will engage in these four components.

I have done the work to get trained in DBT.

As a graduate student I received year-long training with Dr. Paul Holmes, a DBT therapist for over 15 years.

I led groups at an intensive outpatient program at a mental health hospital during a three-year period while under mentorship..

I have access to peer supervision and consultation. with a group of DBT therapists.

We are all trained by Behavior Tech, LLC, the official organization working with the creator of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan. We received over 80 hours of training over a 6-month time period. I am listed on their Clinical Resource Directory.

These are the ways you can count on me to maintain adherence to DBT curriculum and standards.

DBT has many helpful skills that many therapists can offer; only through a standard program after having gone through intensive training will a therapist have the highest probability of efficacy in delivering them to clients.


def. Dialectic  (Hegelian): noun. an interpretive method, originally used to relate specific entities or events to the absolute idea, in which some assertible proposition (thesis)  is necessarily opposed by an equally assertible and apparently contradictory proposition (antithesis)  the mutual contradiction being reconciled on a higher level of truth by a third proposition (synthesis) - dictionary.com

"Thus, the focus on acceptance did not occur to the exclusion of change based strategies; rather, the two enhanced the use of one another. In the course of weaving in acceptance with change, Linehan noticed that a third set of strategies –Dialectics --came into play. "  - BehavioralTech.org