• The Lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the thickest, deepest mud.
    Zen Proverb

  • Since everything is a reflection of our Minds …
    Everything can be changed by our minds.


  • Wherever you are, that is the entry point.
    Kabir, 15th-century Indian poet

  • Learning how to live deeply in each moment of our daily life is our true practice.
    Thich Nhat Hanh

  • If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

  • When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
    Helen Keller, We Bereaved, 1929

  • Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

Private practice offering Dialectical Behavior Therapy along with other evidenced-based therapies.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that uses dialectical strategies and mindfulness to help change behaviors that prevent people from leading a life worth living.

Dialectics is a way of observing how two views that may seem contradictory can coexist and finding the synthesis between the seeming contradictions. Dialectics moves us away from the all-or-nothing thinking that can keep people from solving problems effectively. In DBT the emphasis is on the dialectic balance between acceptance and change; though these concepts seem opposite, we need to flow between the two to get out of our “stuck” places. By both accepting things we can’t change and changing what is in our control, we can better reach our goals.

Behavior Therapy focuses on how and why people learn certain behaviors. As we respond to events in our life, we develop behaviors that help us cope. Some of these behaviors may no longer be useful to us, but they are habits. Other behaviors may be very effective to relieve pain in the moment, but have long-term consequences that cause chaos. Behavior therapy focuses on understanding the ineffective behaviors and replacing them with behaviors that help people reach their goals.

Mindfulness is a practice that helps us learn to control our mind instead of our mind being in control of us. Mindfulness helps us keep a present-moment orientation so that the pain of the past and the worries of the future are not clouding what is happening in this one moment.

Road to a life worth living

Services Offered

A full DBT treatment program involves four key elements :

  • Individual Therapy
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Coaching Calls
  • Therapist Consultation Team


For adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation and behaviors that decrease quality of life. This program enables people to gain control over emotions and behaviors and to engage in healthier relationships.

  • Individual Therapy.
  • Skills training group.
  • Coaching calls (consultation with therapist between sessions).
  • Therapist consultation team.


  • Learn about DBT’s biosocial theory and maintenance of your loved one’s problems
  • Learn DBT based skills around mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Learn ways to balance validation (focusing on acceptance) and problem-solving (focus on change)
  • Decrease feelings of isolation, loneliness, and hopelessness
  • Discuss loved ones’ high risk behaviors and how to be effective in dealing with behaviors
per 50-minute hourper group session
Individual SessionAdult DBT Skills Training Group

Advanced DBT Skills Training Group

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