Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Harborview

About DBT

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a behavioral treatment for suicidal and self-harming behavior. It was developed by Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and has been tested in numerous large, rigorous, independently replicated studies. The research shows that DBT helps reduce suicidal and self-harming behavior, psychiatric hospitalizations, and treatment dropouts.

DBT helps you create the life you want by teaching you specific skills to help regulate emotions, tolerate distress, resist problematic urges, solve problems, interact effectively with others, and live in the moment. Therapy involves weekly group and individual sessions provided by a team of therapists, with the expectation that clients will practice their new skills extensively between sessions.

Harborview DBT Team

Our clinicians have extensive training and expertise in DBT.

  • Penni Brinkerhoff, LMHC
  • Lynn Elwood, LMHC
  • Alicia Mueller, LMHC
  • Carson Robinson, LICSW

Instructions for Getting Started

1. Complete the self-screening form: https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=CNXD8TNJRD7R8P3K

2. Verify your insurance coverage with the program coordinator.

3. Once coverage is verified, you will meet with a clinician from the team to talk about the DBT program and whether it will be a good fit for you.

4. If DBT is an appropriate treatment and you are committed to participating, you will either be assigned a group and individual therapist, or be added to the waitlist.

Please Note

Program Location

Harborview Mental Health & Addiction Services
401 Broadway, 1st floor
Seattle, WA 98104