Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program

Cadence recently invited colleagues in the Seattle area to our annual Open House. We were honored to have Marsha Linehan, PhD, the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, speak about the latest in DBT research and practice. Cadence therapists work closely with Dr. Linehan in research and development at BRTC (Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics at University of Washington).

At Cadence with Dr. Marsha Linehan, Creator of DBT

Katie Korslund, Marsha Linehan – BRTC ; Milani Smith, Dan Finnegan – Cadence

The Cadence Clinical and DBT Directors both provide close oversight and direction to the Cadence DBT program. In addition to the weekly consult meetings for the DBT therapists, the full Cadence team of CBT and DBT therapists meets regularly to address client issues and to receive training in state-of-the-art treatment approaches.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an extensively researched evidence-based program that was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, to treat individuals suffering from:

  • Emotion Dysregulation — Intense and overwhelming swings in emotions
  • Impulsiveness
  • Self-harm — Cutting and other self-harming behaviors
  • Suicidal thinking and behaviors
  • Disrupted Relationships — Interpersonal chaos
  • Confusion about self-identity

DBT Treatment Elements

Four key treatment elements are integrated to provide a comprehensive DBT program.

“Cadence provides one of the largest comprehensive DBT programs in the country focused on adolescents and their parents.”