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 Do I have to sign up for both the skills group and individual therapy?

    No, we can tailor the program to fit your needs. Keep in mind the the full program includes both components, and if you choose one or the other, you will be missing some key elements.

    There is a scheduling calendar embedded on the website (under "Services")' Find an available time slot and schedule yourself in. Most people have a recurring regular weekly time slot.

    Q Do you accept my insurance?

    I am "in-network" only with Beacon. As DBT is classified as a "specialty service" many insurance companies have approved DBT services for their clients by issuing "single case agreements." Current contracts include: Anthem (Blue Cross and Medi-Cal), Blue Shield (Magellan), Optum (for United Healthcare, Sutter, and Western Health Advantage).

    We also bill for out-of-network services for PPO policies.

    Q Do you do couple's and family counseling?

    A DBT program includes the whole family. When working with adolescents, it is especially important to include the whole family so that everyone knows all the skills and becomes part of the team and the solution. The whole family is invited to the adolescent skills group.

    Couple's counseling is also a component of DBT. It is usually necessary for both partners to make adjustments together and practice new skills together.

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    Kim Sullivan’s DBT of Elk Grove &#

    • Licensed therapist with extensive adjunct training in the application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. We offer a complete DBT program, including individual therapy, skills training, and telephone skills coaching, as modeled by the founder of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

    • DBT is unique from other therapies, and it offers some strategies and techniques that are not included in other therapy modalities.
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    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar Disorder
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