Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Karen Ziminski

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Potentially Damaging Impulsivity

If you find yourself trying to escape painful emotions by raging, overspending, abusing substances, binge eating, cutting, or acting out sexually, DBT can teach you better ways to tolerate what life throws at you.


Isn't DBT for the Seriously Mentally Ill?


While dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to help suicidal patients, the skills taught in DBT are useful for everyone. People who have good relationships already use these skills.


I began my DBT training in 2004 under Charlie Swenson, MD, and have attended workshops with Marsha Linehan. I led a DBT group almost every week for eight years, and received the extensive supervision required to be certified as a DBT therapist by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership.


If you would like to learn DBT skills without the risk to your privacy of attending a group, I can teach you one on one. The sessions can be customized to focus on skills with which you need help without wasting time on skills you have already mastered.




Unstable Relationships

If your relationships either don't last or always seem to be hanging on by a thread, you might benefit from the skills taught in DBT.


If you often find yourself fearing abandonment by someone important to you, if you find yourself making frantic or angry efforts to get the person to stay, efforts that often have the opposite effect, DBT could help.



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