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Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that primarily helps people learn to regulate their emotions, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and recognize and deal with anxiety.

One of the core elements of DBT is learning mindfulness skills so that you remain present in the moment and not get overwhelmed with memories from your past or anxiety about the future. Dialectical behavioral therapy also helps you develop interpersonal skills so that you can assert your needs through healthy communication.

DBT was first developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, but DBT has been proven to be effective for mental health issues such as:

  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Substance, Drug, or Alcohol use
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Wherever you are located in California from Alameda to Yucaipa or even Montclair, or anywhere else nearby, Mental Health Match can help you easily find an experienced therapist or counselor who best meets your needs.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Teaches Helpful Skills

DBT is one of many types of therapy. It teaches 4 main skills:

  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation

Equipped with these skills, you’ll be better able to handle negative situations and difficult emotions without resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms. You’ll also be better able to form and maintain more fulfilling and meaningful relationships with others.

DBT May Be the Right Fit For You

If you aren’t sure what type of therapy is right for you, check out our guide: What type of therapy is right for me?

Depending on the specific issues you’re dealing with, dialectical behavioral therapy may be exactly what you need to heal and move forward with your life. Mental Health Match can help you find an experienced DBT therapist in your area. Start by browsing experts below or by using our free therapist matching tool.

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Linda Johnson
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We explore the past as a way of informing the present and increasing self-awareness. We dump as many puzzle pieces on the table as you are comfortable sharing, then together we work to create a picture of your life to date that empowers your future.


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Together, we will:

We explore the past as a way of informing the present and increasing self-awareness. We dump as many puzzle pieces on the table as you are comfortable sharing, then together we work to create a picture of your life to date that empowers your future.

Something to know about my approach is:

I am an interactive therapist who, though interested in how you feel, am also curious about many other aspects about you and your life experiences. I consider it an honor that clients share parts of themselves with me in our work together.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Goals/Accountability
  • Identity Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Pet Loss
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Women's Issues
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Chloe Cox
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Begin to understand your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and develop a plan for managing them. You will learn skills to relieve the distress you're experiencing, and you will gain personal insight to maintain long-term mental wellness.


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Together, we will:

Begin to understand your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and develop a plan for managing them. You will learn skills to relieve the distress you're experiencing, and you will gain personal insight to maintain long-term mental wellness.

Something to know about my approach is:

My priority is to make sure you get what you need from therapy, and everybody needs something a little different! Therapy is a collaboration and we'll walk together on your path to healing.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Body Image
  • College Students
  • Depression
  • Disordered Eating
  • High-functioning anxiety
  • Perfectionism
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Amy Anderson
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Conquer the world! Really, we can formulate the plan for YOU to feel you can conquer YOUR world!


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Conquer the world! Really, we can formulate the plan for YOU to feel you can conquer YOUR world!

Something to know about my approach is:

I'm strength based, compassionate, non-judgmental, funny, and direct.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Men's Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Trauma EMDR
  • Women's Issues
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Esma Verma
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I often use tools like somatic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and energy psychology. The goal of these techniques is to dislodge old patterns and and bring the mind and body together so you can experience life with ease.


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I often use tools like somatic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and energy psychology. The goal of these techniques is to dislodge old patterns and and bring the mind and body together so you can experience life with ease.

Something to know about my approach is:

I show up as my authentic self to each session because I know how important it is to be able to trust and relate to your therapist. I will celebrate your wins with you, and I will sit with you to help you process the tough stuff.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Early childhood trauma and its adult manifestations
  • Life Stress
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem & Confidence Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
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Erin Gish-Stiles
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discuss and re-assess self-esteem, self-worth, and "enough-ness" (through validating and supporting my clients as experts of themselves), along with boundaries, modifying core beliefs, and engaging in self-care.


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Together, we will:

discuss and re-assess self-esteem, self-worth, and "enough-ness" (through validating and supporting my clients as experts of themselves), along with boundaries, modifying core beliefs, and engaging in self-care.

Something to know about my approach is:

I help clients engage in self-compassion and develop healthy boundaries during the experiences of processing and grieving their loss of Self due to external and internal expectations.

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  • Adult ADHD
  • Gender Identity and Affirmation
  • Inner Child Work
  • LGBTQ+
  • Neurodivergence
  • Self Esteem & Confidence Issues
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Erin Gish-Stiles remote and phone therapy in California