I love DBT and I continue to be amazed at how it can help clients transform their lives. I strive to make groups and individual sessions fun and accessible. My approach to therapy is non-judgmental, direct, compassionate, and trauma-informed. I meet clients where they are and help them define and build a life worth living. I believe we are all good people doing the best we can, but sometimes we are driven more by emotions and behaviors than our values and goals. Together, we work toward identifying and overcoming old habits and coping strategies and develop new, more helpful ones.
I have worked with a wide range of clients including individuals with substance use disorders, suicidal thoughts or actions, impulsivity, complex trauma, depression, hopelessness, and emotional reactivity. I strive to be culturally competent in my relationships with clients and I have training and experience working with clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, or queer.
ACP's DBT program adheres to the Linehan model of DBT, is certified by MN DHS. Our clients meet with their individual therapist for one hour a week and attend a two-hour weekly skills group for at least 26 weeks. Unlike traditional group psychotherapy which focuses on processing experiences and feelings, DBT groups focus on learning four sets of important skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT a very effective treatment for multiple conditions including borderline personality disorder, depression, PTSD, impulsivity, eating disorders, and some forms of anxiety.