Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: depression, anxiety, emotional deregulation

Solutions to Create the Changes You Want in Life

Challenges, hardships, and setbacks are typical human experiences. Often, when we’re in the middle of challenging experiences, we feel like our emotions control our lives. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) helps individuals learn how to regulate their emotions to decrease problematic behaviors and improve their relationships.

We believe, with the right tools and support, you can achieve sustainable growth and development to live a more meaningful life – free of excess worry, fear, anger, and anxiety. At The Juniper Center, our mental health professionals are here to help you through difficult and challenging times.

What is DBT?

We all have specific patterns that we’ve developed throughout our lives, including how we judge or talk to ourselves, how we interact in our relationships (clinging, stubborn, insecure, distant, etc.), or how we cope with stress. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an effective, evidenced-based intervention system for teaching skills to help individuals cope with sudden, intense surges of emotion. It teaches individuals how to accept the reality of their life while simultaneously learning how to identify and change the destructive behaviors and thought patterns that have developed over time.

A form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT focuses on empowering individuals with the tools and solutions required to find the acceptance and balance needed to change negative behaviors. DBT based on four core principles, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation.

DBT is effective in treating:

  • Mood disorders
  • Binge eating
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions 
  • Self-harm
  • And more

How will DBT help me?

The Juniper Center provides ongoing support and care through the application of DBT for adults ages 18+ to transition back to their daily lives. “DBT is very effective in helping individuals who are experiencing depression and anxiety or emotional deregulation,” says Mariann Smith, LCPC, LMFT, CADC

Initially designed to treat people with suicidal behavior or borderline personality disorder, DBT has been adapted for other mental health problems that hinder an individual’s work, relationships, safety, and emotional well-being. 

DBT helps treat the following challenges:

  • Emotional
    • Lack of emotional sensitivity
    • Inability to respond to quick and intense emotional reactions
    • Slow returns to regular moods
    • Chronic depression, anxiety, anger, or emotional outbursts


    • Suicidal thoughts or actions
    • Self-harm
    • Impulsive behaviors 


    • Extreme “all or nothing” thinking 
    • Difficulties problem solving or solving problems
    • Detachment from family and friends

Helping You Live Your Best Life

At The Juniper Center, we understand it takes courage to ask for help, and you don’t have to face your challenges alone. Whether you or your loved one needs guidance on their path to achieving their mental health goals, we’re here to help. Using a combination of techniques at the forefront of neurological science and compassionate care, we empower our clients to live their best lives. Our team of mental health professionals leverages their extensive experience and training to create individualized treatment plans to help our clients reach their professional, personal, and mental health goals.

What matters to you, matters to us. Contact a member of our team to schedule your no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your journey.

Search The Juniper Center:

Just Checking In.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed right now, sign up for Tension Tamers, our newsletter with tips for taming tension, self-care and links to live and recorded calming exercises to do at home.