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

Dr. David Kupfer is a psychologist. His clinical interests include acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral medicine, and depression. He is an in-network provider for Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kupfer's office for an appointment.

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Cynthia Schmidt Turner
Specializes in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Addiction Therapy
10474 Armstrong Street; Suite 104, Office 2
Fairfax, VA

Ms. Cynthia Turner specializes in social work, psychology, and counseling and practices in Ashburn, VA and Fairfax, VA. Ms. Turner's areas of expertise include the following: critical incident stress management (CISM), eclectic therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.

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

Mr. John Raymond works as a counselor in Vienna, VA. His areas of expertise include 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 specializes in psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: existential psychotherapy, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and humanistic psychotherapy. She 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. Dr. Havenner's areas of expertise include the following: hypnosis (hypnotherapy), eclectic therapy, and parenting issues.

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Kelley C Donovan
Specializes in Social Work
Tysons Corner, VA

Ms. Kelley Donovan is a social worker. Areas of expertise for Ms. Donovan include psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and emotionally focused therapy (EFT).

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All Interests: Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Gottman Method Couples ... (Read more)



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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.
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