Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to identify and change negative thinking patterns and encourage the development and practice of new, positive behaviors. It was developed initially to help treat people struggling with personality disorders, especially Borderline Personality Disorder.


Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Bridges was one of the first psychologists to use DBT with incarcerated, personality-disordered offenders in the early 1990s. When he became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was appointed director of the inpatient DBT unit at John Umstead Hospital.

While Dr. Bridges’ approach is more experimental than cognitive, he uses principles from DBT, particularly mindfulness to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of emotional pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

» For more information and to schedule a session with Dr. Bridges, contact him directly at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

Therese Daniels, MA, LPC

Therese M. Daniels, MA, LPC

Therese started using Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients who were diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) several years ago in her private practice. DBT can be effective in treating symptoms of BPD such as Anxiety, Depression, Irritability, and self-destructive/self-harmful behaviors. Therese uses DBT to help clients who are experiencing these symptoms as a part of BPD or as independent Mental Health conditions, to help learn more healthy ways to cope with stress and to regulate their emotions more effectively.

Mindfulness is also a technique used in DBT and this helps clients focus more on the here and now and to not impose self-judgement thoughts on themselves.

» For more information and/or to schedule a session with Therese Daniels, please contact her directly at therese.danielslcpc@gmail.com or at 410-919-9673


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