Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the 1970s by Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT is based on the principle of “dialectics”, the concept that two opposite things can both be true at the same time. The DBT therapist validates the client’s need for acceptance, as well as acknowledging the need for change. DBT is the recommended form of treatment for individuals who engage in self-harming behavior, engage in chronic suicidal behavior, have difficulty regulating emotions and engaging in interpersonal relationships.
Robyn DeRespinis, LCSW is an experienced and trained DBT therapist who has led DBT skills groups for adolescents and adults in an outpatient therapy setting. The full course of DBT treatment is comprised of weekly DBT sessions, weekly skills group, as well as phone coaching. However, in her private practice setting Robyn is only able to offer individual sessions in which DBT skills are taught on a 1:1 basis. Therefore client’s with more severe self-harming behavior, or depressive symptoms may need to be referred to a more intensive DBT program. Robyn allows a full 60 minutes for her DBT sessions in which clients are provided with skill handouts, diary cards, and a behavior chain analysis.