A DBT Therapist is your partner on your journey toward a life worth living. You are in the driver’s seat to decide your goals of therapy and how you will get there. You will find a validating environment and the assumption that you are doing the best you can.

A DBT therapist balances the key concepts of Acceptance vs. Change in their work with clients. The therapist does the dance of when to allow the client space in a non-judgmental environment and when to push the client.

DBT includes the following: DBT skills training group (weekly), individual (or family) therapy (weekly), and telephone phone coaching between sessions. If a program does not include these elements, it is not DBT.

DBT assumptions:
1. People are doing the best they can; people also want to improve.
2. People need to try harder, do better, and be more motivated.
3. People may not have caused all of their problems – but they need to solve them anyway.
4. New behavior has to be learned in all relevant contexts (work, home, friendships, etc.)
5. All behaviors are caused. Changing the causes of behavior is more effective than judging the behaviors.


The term “dialectic” refers to opposites. In Dialectical Behavior Therapy, we consider many dialectics (two opposite things that can be true at the same time) with the purpose of finding a middle path. Some commonly discussed dialectics include:

Acceptance vs. Change

Emotion Mind vs. Rational Mind

Fun vs. Responsibility

Q When are the Skills Training Groups offered

Adult Skills Training Groups:
Wednesdays: 6:15pm to 8:15pm
Thursdays: 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Adolescent/Family Skills Training Groups:
Thursdays 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Q What are the groups like?

The groups are skills training, and they are conducted more like a class than a process group or support group. There is ample opportunity for sharing and contribution as it pertains to the skills.

There is a weekly email that is sent on Mondays that highlights the skill of the week. (You can sign up on the website. It is called "DBT Insights.") This email is discussed during the first hour of the group in conjunction with a review of the material from the previous week. Clients are encouraged to share how they applied the skills during the week and the personal experiences they had with the skills.

The second hour is dedicated to the presentation of the new skill.

Q Do I have to wait for a new module to begin to start the group?

You can start the group at any time. I generally recommend having an individual session first in order to acclimate to the program, expectations, and basic concepts.

Join the group at any time. We understand that you will feel a little lost the first couple of sessions, but you will catch on quickly. The skills are easy to grasp, and they make sense.

Q How long does the group last?

The group usually lasts for about 11 months before the skills begin to cycle around again. We go through the 4 modules systematically and go into depth with each skill. Most people continue to attend the group for over a year.

  • Price Range - $40 for group

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  • Monday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Wednesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Thursday04:30 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Friday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Saturday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM


  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline PD
  • Depression
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Self Harm and Cutting
  • Suicide


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  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Optum Health
  • Out of Network
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • Victim Compensation


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)