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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


What is DBT therapy and how can it help me?


DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) was created by Marsha Linehan to help clients regulate overwhelming emotions. Therefore, if you have issues regulating overwhelming emotions, DBT may help you. DBT is a type of cognitive behavior therapy that incorporates Eastern concepts such as mindfulness to help people regulate their emotions and distress, find new ways of interpreting disturbing events, and learn how to problem solve and deal with interpersonal conflict. Further, some concepts such as mindfulness help most clients because individuals depression and anxiety are related to focusing on the past or the future. By learning how to stay in the present and add positive coping thoughts, symptoms of distress may decrease significantly and become manageable. Although DBT is usually taught in a closed group weekly format, DBT skills can be taught in weekly individual therapy sessions.


Group modules include:

  1. Mindfulness
  2. Emotion Regulation
  3. Distress Tolerance
  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness

Please use the "contact me" tab if you are interested in DBT groups or individual sessions.


DBT Group: Led by Tracy Hutchinson, Ph.D.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Linehan 1993) is a cognitive behavioral approach that helps people learn better ways to cope with overwhelming emotions. Although originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT is used to reduce PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms. Topics covered include: Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Mindfulness Skills.


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