Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a proven technique to help people who struggle to manage emotions regardless of diagnosis. DBT is highly effective when people are resorting to unhealthy coping behaviors such as eating disorders, addiction, & self-harm behaviors to learn effective, healthy coping skills to manage issues. At PSC, we offer DBT groups for men & women and believe that individual DBT therapy is an essential & mandatory compliment to the DBT skill group.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was created in 1993 by Marsha Linehan, Ph. D. It was originally created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It is now used to treat a large number of different conditions. DBT treatment consists of both individual therapy with a DBT therapist and group therapy. Receiving one component (group or individual therapy) without the other will not be as successful as with both treatment modalities. DBT group is a skills group, which means that it is more of a class setting, where people learn healthier coping with life issues. The DBT program consists of 4 modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
The following providers offer DBT services at PSC:

Brian R. Monteleone, Ph.D. has been working with teenagers and adults with Borderline Personality Disorder for 25 years at residential and outpatient settings. Dr. Monteleone received a year of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training at the Salem VA Medical Center during his internship, conducted clinical trainings on DBT, and successfully facilitated a DBT Group in private practice in Charlotte, NC for 10 years. He continues to utilize DBT as a treatment modality to work with adolescents and adults with a variety of diagnoses on an individual basis.

Anne-Marie Cummings, LCSW, has been a DBT therapist for over 16 years. She has been treating both adults and adolescents with a variety of different disorders, in public mental health as well as in private practice. She has received extensive DBT training over the years, some of it with Behavioral Tech, which is the group behind Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., the creator of the DBT program. Anne-Marie considers DBT to be her main clinical orientation and has provided DBT training to groups as well as provided DBT supervision and consultation to groups and to other therapists. She currently manages both the DBT Women's group and the DBT Men's group.

Myriam Rabaste, LPC has over 10 years of experience working with Domestic Violence, abuse & neglect survivors, sexual abuse victims, & war veterans. She uses DBT training to facilitate a women’s DBT group and provide individual DBT therapy.

Sarah Millman Carley, LPA, HSP-PA uses her DBT training to provide individual DBT therapy for adolescents and adults