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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

in Plantation, Florida


Are you feeling exhausted from fighting to overcome persistent and unwanted emotions?

Woman in therapy

If you find yourself struggling to get rid of unwanted emotions or often struggle to build or maintain healthy relationships, then DBT may be right for you.  DBT helps address the storm emotions can bring and reduces the chance of life being disrupted by the chaos emotional dysregulation can bring into your life. DBT therapy is proven to enhance emotional resiliency and stability.

Sometimes people cannot seem to adequately identify or understand their emotions or accept themselves or their experiences as valid.  DBT provides a roadmap with the tools needed to overcome these obstacles in a structured way.

What Is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has become a widely known, highly effective, evidenced-based, therapeutic approach that incorporates behavioral, cognitive behavioral and Zen principles into the model of treatment.  Marsha Linehan developed DBT with an expressed mission to “help get people out of hell.” Research has shown that DBT effectively ‘cures’ people that have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and over the years, since it’s inception, research has expanded to show strong outcome data for effectively treating a wider range or mental health issues including:

Mood Disorders,

Teenage Issues,

Anger Management Issues,

Eating Disorders,

and more.

DBT includes five main components of treatment including:

1- Individual therapy (Not your regular talk-therapy, sessions are highly structured and focused on individualized assessment, coaching and support of replacing ineffective coping with more effective coping skills),

            2- Skills group (whose objective is to teach evidenced based coping skills that comprise four main areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness),

            3- Phone coaching (whose objective is to provide real time support to implement effective coping when needed), and finally

            4- Ancillary treatment whose objective is to coordinate care with all professional (like psychiatrists, outsider therapists, and even hospital systems) and personal caregivers (like parents, partners, and other family members) in order to enhance their capacity to reinforce effective v. ineffective coping. 

            5- Treatment Team is the final component of an adherent DBT model where all DBT treatment providers within our practice meet weekly to coordinate care, ensure we each are aware of, and are targeting, problematic behaviors of each of our clients by helping them to replace them with more effective DBT Skills.  In addition, this Treatment Team provides our DBT Therapists support to enhance our quality of service delivery by consulting on cases and holding each other accountable to ensure we are always incorporating the DBT principles in our respective roles.

Do I need to engage in all components of a DBT treatment model?

Not every client referred for DBT therapy is actually in need of the comprehensive 5 components of services included in an adherent DBT model however, many people with a variety of issues may benefit from parts of the treatment modality. 

Together we will assess and determine your needs in order to plan a treatment protocol that is appropriately suited to your challenges.

We offer individual DBT for:

Adults, Teens, and their Parents

in our offices and virtually.

DBT-groupWhy Consider Engaging in DBT?

DBT has proven to reduce one’s vulnerability to emotional dysregulation, to improve one’s ability to effectively manage emotions, to reduce impulsivity and extreme reactivity, to improve interpersonal effectiveness, and to improve overall satisfaction in relationships.  If you are struggling with any one of these issues then DBT may benefit you too!

When you have tried everything and feel like there is nowhere left to turn, consider Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  DBT is best known for complex and persistent mental health issues, like Borderline Personality Disorder, Self-Harming behaviors, chronic suicidal ideation, and clinical issues that have not improved using common therapeutic approaches. 

People and professionals also consider engaging in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as an effective approach to address persistently negative emotions (including emptiness, depression, worry and extreme negative reactivity).

DBT Skills: Life Skills For Everyone!  

DBT Skills are often referred to as life-skills because they address core aspects of your life and everyone can benefit from learning these skills!

Learn ways to manage pervasive unwanted and overwhelming emotions, feelings of emptiness, and despair.

Our skills groups teach four core skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy:


Enhance your capacity to improve awareness of what is happening in the moment (within themselves and in their surroundings) in a nonjudgemental way.  Ultimately the more awareness you have in a given moment, the more opportunity you have to choose how you want to respond to the demands of the moment.  Mindfulness enhances your capacity for peace of mind, self acceptance and effective coping.  The persistent practice of mindfulness creates a quality of calm centeredness, and joy.

Emotion Regulation

Learn the function of each emotion, and their ability to provide valuable information.  Learn how your emotional system works so you can change the course and outcome of an emotional reaction using this knowledge. Acquire tools to decipher when the information is an accurate vs. an inaccurate reflection of the events occurring in your environment. Find ways to decrease your vulnerability to emotional dysregulation. Learn ways to change unwanted emotions or prevent unwanted emotions from occurring and gain a variety of strategies to experience more joy.

Distress Tolerance

Learn how to manage overwhelming emotions and/or crisis situations that may cause you to do or say things you regret or that may cause irreparable damage to relationships or your wellbeing.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Learn strategies to build and maintain healthy relationships.  Learn how to advocate for yourself and assert yourself in effective ways that preserve your self-respect and the respect of the people you care about.  Learn how to balance your personal needs with the demands of a relationship.

People will benefit from these skills if they experience: 

  • Feelings Of Emptiness, 
  • Pervasive Negative Thoughts
  • Being Out Of Touch With Self And Others
  • Loneliness
  • Conflict And Stress
  • Absence Of Flexibility
  • Difficulties With Change
  • Up-And-Down And Extreme Emotions
  • Mood-Dependent Behavior
  • Difficulties In Regulating Emotions
  • Impulsive Behaviors
  • Acting Without Thinking
  • Difficulties Accepting Reality As It Is
  • Willfulness (A Lack Of Motivation In Wanting To Change), Or
  • Addiction

DBT-groupWe offer Skills Groups for:

Young Adults

Research has shown that DBT skills group alone has significant positive outcomes with various clinical populations.

What sets us apart from other local DBT programs is that we offer our skills groups as a stand alone service, and will coordinate care with your primary mental health therapists in order to support your treatment.

To register for the next group, or if you have questions Contact Today!

Consider A DBT Skills Group For Your Teen  

Are you concerned for how your teen copes with stress?

Are you concerned they may be compromising their values for the approval of others?

We help teens learn, practice and use specific skills to recognize their emotions, manage their emotions better, improve self-care and self-acceptance, decrease reactivity and impulsiveness, manage relationships and their boundaries in a healthier way, and cope with life’s challenges better than they are doing now. We have found that our skills groups are excellent for teens with or without significant mental health issues.  Teens gain a stronger foundation of positive coping skills and self-acceptance. The four core skills help teens address the new challenges they are beginning to face in the developmental stage of life they are in.  In this stage of individuation, teens are working towards gaining autonomy and independence, and experiencing more intimate relational and intense emotions than they ever did before.  The more skills teens can acquire to enhance their capacity of awareness, to better manage relationships, to better manage their emotions and impulses, the better they will do overall. We offer individual and group counseling to help support and address the needs of your teen using a Cognitive Behavioral, supportive and Dialectical Behavioral Approach. We are here to help your teen do and feel better! We hope you will consider learning more about the benefits of DBT Skills Groups for yourself, or your teen and would be happy to set up a complimentary consultation to discuss how DBT might help you.

“Learn how to change your own behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that are linked to problems in living and are causing misery and distress.” - Marsha Linehan

Online therapyPhone Coaching

All people can benefit from learning DBT Skills whether in skills groups or with phone coaching.

In our practice, we offer phone coaching as a complimentary service when enrolled in DBT Skills Groups. 

Additionally, phone coaching provides extensive support for you in between sessions when focused on targeting problematic behaviors that you want to replace with more effective coping responses. 

Is DBT Right For Me?

During the intake process we will determine the extent to which you would benefit from “comprehensive DBT” vs. components of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Approach.  We will discuss our recommendations with you so we can co-create an effective treatment plan.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~Barack Obama

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