My Experience in DBT:
I have been doing DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) since 1996. I started this training under the wonderful tutorship of Dr. Martha Wetter, and Dr. Ruth Baer while at the University of Kentucky and at the Comprehensive Care Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Wetter led her group (including me) through the DBT Intensive Training twice during my years at the Comprehensive Care Clinic. Additionally Dr. Baer led me and another few students through the intensive training yet one more time.
Not only did I see a wide range of DBT clients for individual therapy, I also co-led a basic skills training group and an advanced skills training group. Near the end of my years at Comprehensive Care, Dr. Wetter and I co-led a 40-hour training on DBT for Kentucky state mental health workers. I also attended a week-long Advanced DBT workshop taught by Dr. Marsha Linehan.
What I love about DBT:
- Colleague-style collaboration with a client, not a superior – inferior relationship
- Open acknowledgment that the client is doing the best she or he can at the moment
- Open acknowledgement that even as we all do our best, we can still work to be more effective
- Creating change in the present rather than excavating the old and dead mysteries of the past
- Bringing new and exciting understanding of how emotions work and how your emotion mind makes sense
- Deep appreciation of how much you have struggled to get to where you are right now
What to expect in DBT Therapy:
- Weekly homework
- Coaching texts and calls are available and encouraged
- Fill out a weekly diary card that we will customize to your needs and interests
- Practice skills and practice observing your reactions, thoughts and feelings
- Learn about willingness
- Get excited about your progress!
Text me or call and let’s set up a time to talk about getting you started in individual DBT therapy.