DBT Therapy Scottsdale

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At Pathways Counseling Services, we offer Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment for individuals experiencing distress and struggling with self-defeating behaviors. 

Our DBT program, available in both individual and group settings, teaches skills in emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.

If you are seeking a positive and effective step forward in your therapeutic journey, we invite you to contact us at 480-235-1682 to learn more. We are here and ready to help.


I couldn’t be happier with my experience at Pathways Counseling Services. Stephanie and her staff are nonjudgemental and very supportive. They really care about their patients and helping them resolve their challenges. I highly recommend Pathways Counseling Services.

– Sarah C. 

Change Your Life With DBT Skills Training

A key component of DBT is skills training. This includes the teaching and application of 4 modules – mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance.

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Mindfulness focuses on improving the ability to accept and be present in the moment. It teaches skills on how to set aside worries about the past and future in order to completely address what is happening right now. As a result, people will feel more in control of their emotions versus their emotions controlling them. 

Distress tolerance is geared towards increasing the tolerance for negative emotion, rather than trying to ignore it. Individuals will learn to cope with situations that cause stress and anxiety. You will learn to reframe thoughts, and implement self-soothing techniques.

Emotional regulation aids individuals in how to understand, adapt and ultimately change their emotions. This will improve their mindset and create positive actions. It is a strategy used to manage and regulate the emotions that are intense and problematic.

Interpersonal effectiveness teaches techniques that allow someone to communicate with others in a way that’s more easily understood. Individuals learn how to establish what they want and how to assess their needs while maintaining self-respect and healthy relationships with others.

Who can benefit?

The skills training and treatment model of DBT is applicable to a variety of individuals. Practicing mindfulness helps people with or without mental health conditions improve well-being, attention to the present moment, and increase positive emotional experiences. It also decreases negative emotions and distress. People living with or without a range of mental health conditions can benefit from DBT

If you feel DBT treatment is the positive step forward you’ve been looking for, we encourage you to call us at 480-235-1682