Mindfulness / Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a popular and proven treatment modality developed by Marsha Linehan to help people with Borderline Personality Disorder recover. Nowadays, DBT is a more widespread and is a treatment of choice for a variety of pervasive problems including substance abuse, depression, and complex trauma.
I worked at the Portland DBT Institute for two years prior to starting private practice, and am intensively trained in the DBT model. In private practice, I use DBT for a variety of different clients with different issues, and I do not treat Borderline Personality Disorder in my practice. I do treat people with Borderline Personality traits such as all or nothing thinking, problems with emotional regulation, problems regulating impulsive behaviors, and very often people who have problems maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships at work with friends, family, or with romantic partners. I employ DBT with clients struggling with chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse disorders. Clients with relational struggles and low self-esteem find DBT especially helpful.
In it’s simplest sense, DBT is a combination of a cognitive behavioral approach combined with eastern philosophy and mindfulness. DBT works to rewire long standing patterns in the brain through mindful observation and awareness in order to change problematic behaviors and emotions.
Please contact Emily Nemeth Counseling if you want more information to find out if
DBT centered approach is right for you.
No Longer Wanting to Die, by Will Lippincott, New York Times, May 16, 2015