Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

If you have problems regulating your emotions, thinking patterns, and behaviors that lead to misery and distress, it’s time to look at what’s going on. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is a method of therapy that teaches principles (e.g., dialectics, validation, non-judgmentalness, mindfulness, etc.) that assist you to:


Enhance motivation and desire to live fully in your life,


Improve overall quality of life and create a life worth living,


Improve emotion management,


Improve interpersonal relating and communicating,


Decrease self-destructive behaviors,


And enhance your ability to get through crisis situations

Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Solutions founder and therapist Suzannah Espinosa, PhD is a DBT-LBC™ Certified Clinician and currently offers DBT for adults and adolescents (and families), and DBT-C for children and families.

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Eastern meets Western principles

DBT uses both Western and Eastern principles and practices to help people balance acceptance and change, two opposing forces that generally create a rift for people who are struggling. It emphasizes the development of four skill sets; mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

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Who is it for?

DBT skills are useful for everyone. We all have emotions, and learning to accurately recognize them in ourselves and others, process difficult emotions appropriately, and relate effectively with others in the environment are some of our goals.

In regards to suicidal or self-harm behavior, DBT has the strongest research support of any intervention out there. It’s also proven to be effective in treating addictive and eating disorders, those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood and bipolar, and a variety of other symptoms.

We can help you create a life worth living, one present moment at a time.

To see if we’re the right fit for you, reach out today to schedule a free intro call.

We’ll briefly discuss your circumstances and if we’re a good fit, we’ll schedule your first session.
Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Solutions

(845) 624-2994

1250 E. Ridgewood Ave
Suite 12
Ridgewood, NJ 07450