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Lisa Redding is trained and certified in ADHD, Anxiety, DBT, CCTP I & II (Trauma), and Gottman Method Couples Level 1


Carol Koehler is trained and certified in DBT, CCTP I & II (Trauma), and Gottman Method Couples Level 1


  • C-DBT is for children.

  • DBT is for adults and groups.

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), that develops healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.

  • One important benefit of DBT is the development of mindfulness skills.4 Mindfulness helps you focus on the present or "live in the moment." This helps you pay attention to what is happening inside you (your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses) as well as using your senses to tune in to what's happening around you (what you see, hear, smell, and touch) in nonjudgmental ways.

  • Mindfulness skills help you slow down and focus on using healthy coping skills when you are in the midst of emotional pain. The strategy can also help you stay calm and avoid engaging in automatic negative thought patterns and impulsive behavior.

  • It can help people who have difficulty with emotional regulation or are exhibiting self-destructive behaviors (such as eating disorders and substance use disorders).2 This type of therapy is also sometimes used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Mindfulness: This skill teaches awareness of your surroundings and your body in the present moment.

  • Distress tolerance: This skill helps a person learn how to deal with stressful situations and crises, without behaving in ways that will make the situation worse. Distress tolerance also teaches acceptance of circumstances that a person cannot change.

  • Interpersonal effectiveness: This skill focuses on communication, setting boundaries, self-respect, and healthy-relationship building.

  • Emotion regulation: This skill helps a person recognize and understand their emotions, and learn how to change emotions that are unwanted.

DBT was developed in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues when they discovered that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) alone did not work as well as expected in patients with BPD. Dr. Linehan and her team added techniques and developed a treatment to meet the unique needs of these individuals.

Though developed with BPD in mind, DBT might also be an effective treatment for:7


Clinical Trauma Training  (CCTP II)

  • A CCTP has a combination of experience and advanced training to help support the needs of trauma victims. To hold this certification from the International Association of Trauma Professionals, therapists must work through a long training course. Their goal is to learn more about the specific and unique needs of trauma victims.

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event that threatens the life or integrity of another person or a loved one, such as war, rape, physical abuse, death of a parent, witnessing domestic violence, community violence, medical issues, a car accident, or natural disaster.

  • What Is Trauma?

  • “Trauma” can mean many different things, and there is no one set type of trauma or one way that people will respond to a traumatic event. The same event will have different impacts on different people, and not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will have trauma afterward.

  • In general, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)1 defines trauma as: “Exposure to actual or threatened events involving death, serious injury, or sexual violation in one (or more) of the following ways:

  • Directly experiencing the events.

  • Witnessing the events in person as they occur to others.

  • Learning that the events occurred to a close family member or friend.

  • Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to adverse details of the events."

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente Insurance continue to study the impact of ongoing stressors on children, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs.2

  • According to this research, Adverse Childhood Experiences can lead to conduct issues in children and adolescents and can have lifelong consequences. Adults with high ACE scores are at greater risk than those with lower scores for physical health issues, mental illness, and early death.2

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