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Mental Health & Counseling located in Ohio City, Cleveland, OH


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) offers hope for people who feel overwhelmed with emotional pain and wonder how they’ll overcome past challenges to build a positive and rewarding future. The compassionate therapists at PMA Assessment and Counseling have helped many people overcome and heal from intense emotions affecting their lives. DBT is also a highly effective treatment for most mental health disorders. Schedule an in-person or telehealth visit today. Call the Cleveland, Ohio, office or book online to learn how DBT can improve your life.



DBT is an evidence-based talk therapy that focuses on recognizing intense and challenging emotions and learning to manage them. With gentle guidance from your PMA Assessment and Counseling therapist, DBT helps you learn to honestly and compassionately communicate, diminish conflict, and build healthy relationships.

What is DBT?

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DBT relies on four techniques to help you learn how to accept and respond to feelings while letting go of anger and other negative emotions.

The four DBT techniques include:

Mindfulness uses breathing, guided imagery, and other techniques that allow you to focus on the moment and live in the present. Through mindfulness meditation, you learn to relax and get in touch with your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

As your caring PMA Assessment and Counseling therapist teaches mindfulness techniques, you gain a skill that helps you stop dwelling on the past and worrying about the future, allowing you to move forward with purpose.

Distress tolerance
Strong, negative emotions often overwhelm and control a person’s life. Distress tolerance teaches you how to deal with complicated feelings, empowering you to break their hold by accepting what you can’t change and focusing on the positive changes you can achieve.

Emotional regulation
Your PMA Assessment and Counseling therapist teaches you strategies and skills for managing intense feelings. You learn ways to identify, understand, and cope with your emotions, an essential skill that improves the quality of your life and paves the way for open, honest relationships.

Interpersonal effectiveness
Building and maintaining relationships with others requires skills that don’t always come naturally or are often overwhelmed by emotions.

Your DBT therapist teaches you how to have honest and assertive communication, nurturing relationships with others while maintaining your self-respect and expressing your needs (without letting anger and difficult emotions disrupt the conversation).

What techniques does DBT use?

DBT can help you overcome personal challenges like low self-esteem, uncontrollable anger, and a tendency toward aggression. This therapy is also highly effective for treating many mental health conditions, including:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Eating disorders
• Bipolar disorder
• Personality disorders
• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

DBT is a practical approach that gives you skills you can use throughout your lifetime. Call PMA Assessment and Counseling today or book an in-person or telehealth session online to learn how DBT can help you create a positive life.

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