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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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Thomas Dunleavy
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Become more confident and grounded by building a life guided by your values, passions, and uniqueness. I'll teach proven techniques for how to manage hardships, thoughts, and emotions so you can be free to love who you are, just as you are.


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Become more confident and grounded by building a life guided by your values, passions, and uniqueness. I'll teach proven techniques for how to manage hardships, thoughts, and emotions so you can be free to love who you are, just as you are.

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Rooted in mindfulness, I focus on skill building so a more manageable way of living with life’s complexities is possible. Let's walk the balanced path together between compassionately understanding yourself while acting towards where you want to be!

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  • Borderline Personality
  • Depression
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  • Trauma
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Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and healing. We'll navigate challenges, uncover strengths, and foster resilience. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive space where you can explore, grow, and create positive change.


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Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and healing. We'll navigate challenges, uncover strengths, and foster resilience. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive space where you can explore, grow, and create positive change.

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In my approach, collaboration is key. I believe therapy should be tailored to your unique experiences and needs, ensuring a personalized and effective healing journey. Together, we navigate life's challenges.

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believe that we all have a unique and gifted and with the right support and help we become our best and highest self.

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I utilize a multi-theoretical approach to therapy to meet the unique needs of my clients. I utilize narrative, cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, empowerment, person-centered, and mindfulness-based therapies.

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If struggling with anxiety, stress, substance abuse, communication, or relationship conflict and feel that this is limiting your life, I want to help. With work in therapy, change can occur quickly with sustainability


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If struggling with anxiety, stress, substance abuse, communication, or relationship conflict and feel that this is limiting your life, I want to help. With work in therapy, change can occur quickly with sustainability

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While my approach integrates several empirically supported treatment models, my hope is we can work as a team to get you to where you want to be, create change, and ultimately feel….better.

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Suzanna Chan
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I hope to empower you with effective solutions, a renewed outlook on life, and the tools to become the best version of yourself. Together, we’ll untangle the knots, address negative experiences and emotions, and develop healthier coping mechanisms.


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I hope to empower you with effective solutions, a renewed outlook on life, and the tools to become the best version of yourself. Together, we’ll untangle the knots, address negative experiences and emotions, and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

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My job is to be attuned to you, to actively listen, to challenge negative thoughts, to validate suffering, to sit in silence with you. I'm dedicated to fostering an environment for self-exploration where you feel truly seen and understood.

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