What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a structured, short-term approach to therapy to treat individuals with various mental health concerns, such as self-destructive behaviors, emotional regulation difficulties, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other trauma-related disorders.

DBT helps you accept yourself as you are, despite negative patterns of thinking you may have due to various life experiences. This acceptance makes more room for you to change negative thinking that may harm your mental health.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy teaches you tolerance to more adequately cope with negative or difficult emotions and strategies to change behavior and reduce negative thoughts.

Your therapist will help you recognize and name your feelings as they arise without judging them or shaming yourself for experiencing them. You will also practice distress tolerance by finding ways to cope with destructive urges more positively. Your therapist might also include mindfulness techniques, which teach you to be present in the moment.

DBT can be used individually or in a group setting. Group settings for DBT help practice skills and work on interpersonal communication, as another goal of DBT is to improve relationship skills.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

Joshua Werblin, MD



I offer an evidence-based medical practice that considers contemporary research and recent study trends. I adhere to the strict standards of care outlined by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. While every effort is made to minimize polypharmacy, the goal of treatment is your well-being and mental health, not a number, a dose, or a ...
As a psychiatric provider, I approach patient care with empathy, compassion, and a commitment to personalized treatment. I believe in taking a holistic approach to mental health and value building trusting and collaborative relationships with my patients, where open communication and mutual respect are paramount. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space.

Dustin Kegeris, RMHCI



Dustin believes that every person can experience healing and hope. He creates a non-judgmental, safe environment where his clients feel welcomed, seen, and heard. Dustin enjoys working with individuals in all seasons of life from adolescence to the empty nest. Dustin has helped individuals walk through grief, trauma, major life transitions, spiritual issues, and those struggling in their vocation.