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“An important distinguishing factor of DBT is its emphasis on learning how to tolerate and accept distress.”

-Marsha M. Linehan, PhD (the founder of DBT)

DBT is an evidence-based treatment which was originally founded to help treat borderline personality disorder. DBT skills are effective for a range of issues including impulsivity, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. DBT fundamentally believes people are doing the best they can, given their circumstances. Although we have not caused our problems, it is our responsibility to find ways to cope. This modality is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which also combines mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT skills provide tangible coping methods to help manage painful emotions and interpersonal conflict. DBT teaches critical techniques for individuals to live more mindfully to better handle life's challenges.   

If you are wondering if DBT skills might be helpful for you, contact Sara at or (818)208-.

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