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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

When you’re faced with a multitude of challenges, pressures, and deadlines in life, it can be very difficult to manage the inevitable stress and anxiety that come along for the ride.

Many students, athletes, teachers, and coaches experience high levels of stress and anxiety due to their busy lifestyles, never ending to-do lists, and perfectionist tendencies. Whatever perfection means to you; whether it’s getting straight A’s, teaching the perfect lesson, setting the school record, or winning the state championship, the associated pressure of trying to be “perfect” might be the very thing that’s holding you back. 

As a high achiever, you are probably your own biggest critic and maybe you have a hard time showing yourself compassion. Your ambition and drive has probably served you well to an extent, but it’s important to recognize when you’re burning yourself out or being your own worst enemy. This could ultimately limit you from achieving your personal, academic, athletic, or career-related goals.

If you struggle with burnout, exhaustion, performance anxiety, stress, depression, body image issues, or disordered eating, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, can help you.

DBT gets its name from the idea that people are often navigating the opposing, dialectical forces of acceptance and change. DBT focuses on accepting yourself, your circumstances, and your emotions, while also building skills to make necessary, positive changes in your life.

In my decade of experience counseling students, athletes, and teachers, I've witnessed transformative results using DBT methods. With practice, I've seen numerous clients develop stronger emotion regulation tools, mindfulness, and interpersonal skills, ultimately helping them achieve their goals in school, sports, work, relationships, and more. 

With the support of dialectical behavioral therapy, you too can learn how to be more present, build healthy ways of tolerating and coping with your emotions, and improve your relationships with yourself and others.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can help you with:

  • Responding adaptively to your emotions
  • Reducing emotional intensity
  • Building mindfulness
  • Communicating effectively
  • Advocating for yourself in relationships
  • Building self-compassion and self-acceptance

You can achieve:

  • Stronger self-confidence 
  • Calmer reactions to your emotions
  • Adaptive coping tools
  • Better self-care practices
  • Peace of mind
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • More energy and focus
  • Healthier relationships
  • Improved performance in school, sports, or work