J. Fish Psychology Associates, Inc.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills training program with four core modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation. Strategies of DBT include validation of our own perspectives of personal experience (acceptance), while striving to develop more effective behavioral responses (change).

So we work to develop balancing strategies that promote acceptance of experience as it is AND change (the dialectic). By learning new skills which empower us in attending to new cues, we develop better problem solving while experiencing intense emotions or highly distressing situations/interactions with the outside world.

This training series teaches ways to shift the way we think about ourselves and respond differently to our environment to increase getting our needs met effectively while respecting others. The skills taught are incorporated into your daily routine and will apply to real life situations, interactions and private internal processes as they occur.


​Finding New Paths to a More Fulfilling Life


Striving Towards Building a Life Worth Living

Individual Therapy: Clients are seen individually to develop a working relationship with the therapist, gain feelings of trust, receive validation for current emotional experiences, as well as developing the ability to accept the self and find reasons to strive  for change. So the client and therapist work together in building a collaborative relationship and help the client integrate skills  learned in training classes (see below) into daily life. This improves the ability to tolerate stressful situations & environments,  improve interpersonal interactions & relationships, and better regulate intense emotional experiences.

skills Training: Clients are seen with others (i.e. family members, spouse/partner, other individuals receiving individual  DBT) in a training setting where they are taught to recognized existing abilities and learn new skills. Many people have the  knowledge of healthy living skills, but struggle with putting them into action effectively. With skills training classes we more  clearly define existing strategies that work, and supplement with new skills, while bridging the gap of putting them into action  during our everyday lives.