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Find Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Therapists & Counselors in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

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)

Whether you are located in downtown Santa Barbara, the suburbs of Santa Barbara, other nearby places such as Ventura, Lompoc, or anywhere else in California, 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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Esma Verma
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I often use tools like somatic therapy, brainspotting, 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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Together, we will:

I often use tools like somatic therapy, brainspotting, 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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Esma Verma remote and phone therapy in California
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Danielle Rowe
Together, we will:

Bring awareness to the areas in your life that could benefit from exploration and processing. We will practice taking a step back from our habitual reactions and learn to respond in a skillful and effective manner.


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Together, we will:

Bring awareness to the areas in your life that could benefit from exploration and processing. We will practice taking a step back from our habitual reactions and learn to respond in a skillful and effective manner.

Something to know about my approach is:

I believe in providing clients with the tools and healthy coping skills through an unconditional positive regard and psychoeducation. I enjoy utilizing mindfulness and other holistic techniques in my practice.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attachment Issues
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • LGBTQ+
  • Panic Attacks
  • Relationship issues
  • Social Anxiety
  • Transgender Issues
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Danielle Rowe remote and phone therapy in California
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Linda Johnson
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.


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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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Linda Johnson remote and phone therapy in California
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Hannah Hernandez
Together, we will:

There will likely be laughter and tears, difficult conversations, "Aha" moments, and a challenge to be honest with yourself. We will connect to create a calm/safe space. You will re-learn confidence, re-train unhealthy attachments and learn coping.


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Together, we will:

There will likely be laughter and tears, difficult conversations, "Aha" moments, and a challenge to be honest with yourself. We will connect to create a calm/safe space. You will re-learn confidence, re-train unhealthy attachments and learn coping.

Something to know about my approach is:

I treat trauma through the lens of mind/body connection. I primarily use EMDR, which bridges the trauma stored in your body/mind/spirit to allow healing, CBT, which helps you identify and replace unhealthy thoughts, and DBT to teach coping skills

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)
  • Complex Trauma
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Veterans / Military Families
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Hannah Hernandez remote and phone therapy in California, Minnesota
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Sunny SY Lim
Together, we will:

We'll work together to identify best ways to accomplish your personal goals and help you break free of harmful generational cycles.


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Picture of Sunny SY Lim, therapist in California
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Together, we will:

We'll work together to identify best ways to accomplish your personal goals and help you break free of harmful generational cycles.

Something to know about my approach is:

I use a collaborative approach where we work together to formulate your personal goals. Some interventions I use include DBT and CBT along with family genograms to identify dysfunctional relationship patterns that affected you.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Childhood Emotional Neglect
  • Exploring Attachment Styles
  • Family of Origin
  • Identity Issues
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Life Skills
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Sunny SY Lim remote and phone therapy in California