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We found 9 providers with an interest in dialectical behavior therapy near Fairfax, VA.

Dr. David Leon Kupfer, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
7700 Leesburg Pike; Suite 404
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. David Kupfer works as a psychologist in Falls Church, VA. His areas of expertise include the following: acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral medicine, and depression. He accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. Dr. Kupfer is open to new patients.

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Bridgett Victoria Whitehead, MEd
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
11350 Random Hills Road; Suite 838, Office 1
Fairfax, VA
 

Ms. Bridgett Whitehead is a family therapist and counselor in Manassas, VA and Fairfax, VA. Her clinical interests include imago relationship therapy, narrative therapy, and person-centered therapy.

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John Newman Raymond, MA, MS
Specializes in Counseling
380 Maple Avenue W; Suite 304
Vienna, VA
 

Mr. John Raymond specializes in counseling. Mr. Raymond's areas of expertise include the following: infidelity issues, dialectical behavior therapy, and dissociative disorders.

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Dr. Ariela Reder, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
3959 Pender Drive; Suite 320
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Ariela Reder's area of specialization is psychology. These areas are among her clinical interests: existential psychotherapy, humanistic psychotherapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Reder is conversant in Hebrew.

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Dr. Kim Swett Havenner, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology, Psychotherapy
10805 Main Street; Suite 500
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Kim Havenner is a psychologist and psychotherapist. Clinical interests for Dr. Havenner include hypnosis (hypnotherapy), eclectic therapy, and parenting issues.

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Specializes in Social Work
10470 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, VA
 

Ms. Laurie Rosen works as a social worker. These areas are among her clinical interests: nutrition counseling, narrative therapy, and infertility. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna.

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Specializes in Social Work
10195 Main Street; Suite N
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Vicki Kirsch specializes in social work. Her clinical interests include depression, sexuality, and gender identity. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more.

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Kelley C Donovan
Specializes in Social Work
Tysons Corner, VA
 

Ms. Kelley Donovan works as a social worker in Vienna, VA and Tysons Corner, VA. Ms. Donovan's clinical interests include psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and counseling services.

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Brittany Lutz
Specializes in Social Work
402 Maple Avenue W
Vienna, VA
 

Ms. Brittany Lutz is a social worker. Clinical interests for Ms. Lutz include person-centered therapy, eclectic therapy, and existential psychotherapy.

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that was originally developed to help the most severely mentally ill and depressed patients accept therapy. It relies on the same concept in CBT that examines the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and actions, but in DBT the emphasis is first on acceptance rather than change. There is also an emphasis on mindfulness, ‘being in the moment,’ and relaxation techniques such as yoga. These are combined with a great deal of validation and encouragement from the therapist.

The word ‘dialectical’ means acting through opposing forces, and this word refers to a few different opposing concepts in DBT:
  • The therapy combines traditional Western psychotherapy techniques with Eastern religious philosophy.
  • Patients must learn that life, thoughts, and feelings are not all black and white -- there are many shades of grey.
  • The therapy works on accepting and validating the patient for being where they are at the moment while also encouraging them to change for the better.

Dialectical behavior therapy was developed when therapists attempting to use CBT techniques on the most seriously ill patients ran into a problem. When they suggested that a patient change their thoughts, these very vulnerable patients would become overwhelmed and turn aggressive or suicidal. DBT was developed to support these patients with acceptance and validation while still guiding them towards changing problematic thoughts. Although also used for suicidal and self-harming patients today, these days, DBT is mainly used to treat borderline personality disorder. It is one of the few effective interventions for this serious illness.

DBT has been shown to be very effective at reducing self-destructive behavior. It can also be used to teach new coping skills and increase a patient’s self-esteem and motivation to become healthier.