About Certified Dialectical Therapy at Marin


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well researched and comprehensive counseling treatment approach.  DBT works by teaching you actual skills and tools as part of the counseling process to become more aware of your particular sensitivity to negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, depression, etc. . At the same time, it teaches you skills you can use to not only recognize what is triggering these feelings but how to better cope with them and minimize them quite effectively. DBT also teaches assertiveness skills to enable you, when needed,  to effectively begin asking for what you want from others and saying no to things you don't want in a comfortable, easy manner.

Can you benefit from DBT?

Developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. at the University of Washington in the early 1990's, DBT was originally designed as an innovative and integrative counseling treatment for a select group of clients.  Because of its success in treating this population, DBT has gained in popularity and has been shown to be highly-effective, easy-to-learn, and very helpful for a broad range of issues including PTSD, anxiety and depression. We have not yet found in our personal counseling practice using an individualized approach to DBT for it not to be helpful for just about everyone. And, that is why we took the time to fully learn, understand and integrate it into our practice including obtaining full certification.


How does DBT work? What we offer:

In its truest form, DBT separates skills training from individual counseling, requiring clients to attend weekly skills training groups in addition to being in ongoing and weekly counseling.  We have a modified approach. One of the key assumptions of DBT is that while we may not have caused all of our problems, we are the only ones capable and responsible for fixing them.
At Marin Integrative Therapy, LLC, we can incorporate DBT skills within the individual counseling session teaching you the skills that will be of most benefit for you.

Skills Modules taught in DBT

These are the basic skills modules taught with the DBT model. We work with you to find what particular skills will work best for your own individual unique needs.

  • Core Mindfulness - being present and non-judgmentally aware in the moment

  • Distress Tolerance - managing difficult feelings without acting impulsively

  • Emotion Regulation - learning to skillfully use or change emotions

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness –relating skillfully with others


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