Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
in South Florida


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Meet Your Support System

Expert Licensed Clinicians Committed to Your Recovery
  • Dr. Joel Wertheimer, MD

    Wertheimer, MD

  • Ana
    Carbonell, LMHC

    Clinical Director
  • Lisa Micheletti

    Micheletti, LMHC

    Clinical Director
  • Alejandro Jimenez

    Jimenez, RN

    Director of Nursing
  • Matthew Rosborogh


    Executive Director
  • Monya Holt

    Holt, LMHC

    Primary Therapist
  • Barbara Barroso

    Barroso, RCSWI

    Primary Therapist
  • Sarah Pastor

    Pastor, LMHC

    Primary Therapist
  • Stephine Yaskal

    Yaskal, MS, CAP

    Primary Therapist
  • Maria Dona

    Dona, MS

    Primary Therapist
  • Aimee Rolle

    Rolle, MS

    Primary Therapist
  • Paula Buitrago

    Buitiago, RMHCI

    Primary Therapist
  • Tharlene Pou


    Neurofeedback Technician
  • Heather Brathwaite

    Brathwaite, PhD, PMHNP-BC

    Nurse Practitioner
  • Nancy Adrien

    Adrien, PMHN-BC

    Nurse Practitioner
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder. Today, it’s used for a variety of mental health issues. 

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a therapeutic approach that combines cognitive and behavioral therapies. It was developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan. The primary goal of DBT is to help individuals develop new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.

DBT is called “dialectical” because it involves the integration of opposites. The therapy emphasizes balancing acceptance and change. It encourages patients to accept their experiences and feelings as valid while also working towards changing negative behaviors.

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Core Components of DBT

DBT consists of four main components: individual therapy, group therapy, virtual therapy, and consultation team for therapists. These components work together to provide a comprehensive treatment approach.

Individual therapy focuses on enhancing motivation and helping patients apply the skills they learn to specific challenges and events in their lives. Group therapy involves learning and practicing new skills with others. Virtual therapy provides in-the-moment support to help patients navigate difficult situations. The consultation team supports the therapists in providing effective and compassionate treatment.

Techniques Used in DBT

DBT uses a variety of techniques to help individuals manage their emotions and improve their relationships. These techniques are taught in the group therapy component of DBT and are practiced in individual therapy.

The main techniques used in DBT include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Each of these techniques serves a unique purpose in the therapeutic process.

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Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the current moment. It involves observing, describing, and participating in reality in a non-judgmental manner. In DBT, mindfulness is used to help individuals reduce their suffering and increase their happiness.

Distress Tolerance

Distress tolerance is the ability to accept and tolerate distress without trying to change it. It involves learning to bear pain skillfully. In DBT, distress tolerance techniques are taught to help individuals cope with painful events and emotions.

Emotion Regulation

Emotion regulation involves understanding and managing emotions. It includes strategies for reducing vulnerability to emotion mind and increasing positive emotional events. In DBT, emotion regulation skills are taught to help individuals change unwanted emotions.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness involves being effective in relationships. It includes strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict. In DBT, interpersonal effectiveness skills are taught to help individuals maintain self-respect and achieve their goals in relationships.

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Benefits of DBT

Research has shown that DBT can be effective in treating a variety of mental health issues. It has been found to be particularly beneficial for individuals with borderline personality disorder, but it can also be helpful for individuals with other conditions.

Some of the benefits of DBT include:

  • Reduced self-harming behaviors
  • Improved emotion regulation
  • Decreased suicidal ideation
  • Improved interpersonal relationships
  • Increased mindfulness
  • Reduced hospitalizations

DBT is a comprehensive and evidence-based treatment approach that can help individuals with a variety of mental health issues. It provides individuals with the skills they need to manage their emotions, improve their relationships, and reduce their suffering.

While DBT can be a challenging therapy, it can also be incredibly rewarding. With the right support and commitment, individuals can make significant improvements in their mental health and overall quality of life.

DBT at Compassion Behvaioral Health in South Florida

If you’re ready to embrace the transformative journey of mental health and recovery, Compassion Behavioral Health is here to guide you every step of the way.

Our personalized treatment plans, rooted in the principles of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, are designed to foster sustainable healing. Located in the serene setting of South Florida, our Hollywood rehab center offers a nurturing environment to help you regain control and thrive. Don’t wait to reclaim your life. Call Us Today and let us be your beacon of hope on the path to wellness.