Everyone in our skills class must be in ongoing individual therapy. The reason for this requirement is that the class is structured tightly around a set curriculum, and attention to your individual concerns is limited. Having an individual therapist provides needed support to help you maximize your learning of DBT skills. It may be helpful for you to do individual DBT therapy. Below is a list of therapists in the greater Seattle area that provide individual DBT.
Lizz Dexter-Mazza, PsyD
tel: (206) 779-1265
Cristina Mullen is licensed in the state of Washington as in Independent Clinical Social Worker since 2001. She obtained her Masters degree in Social Work in Arizona in 1991 and has been practicing since that time. Cristina previously specialized in Substance Abuse and was certified by Therapeutic Communities of America. While Cristina’s training and experience has encompassed work with children, adolescents, and families, she currently focuses with older adolescents and adults, at times incorporating family members. Her focus is to help clients access their vision of the life they want to live, and to become the architect of that life.
Cristina is trained in Dialectical Behavior therapy, and finds herself integrating concepts from DBT with other behavior therapies such as CBT, Narrative Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming and other approaches she has learned over time. When a client’s problems and diagnosis require full DBT, Cristina provides the individual therapy and refers the client to group skills training from an alternate provider.
Cristina’s training in DBT includes a 10-day intensive with Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dr. Kelly Koerner and Dr. Linda Dimeff. Cristina also completed a nine-month seminar developed and supervised by Dr. Kate Comtois. This seminar was designed to train psychiatry residents at the University of Washington. In addition she currently is a member of a small team of DBT experts at the Harborview DBT clinic, supervised by Dr. Comtois where she provides individual therapy and group skills training. Cristina also worked for one year as a research clinician with Dr. Linehan on a clinical trial modifying DBT for heroin addiction. Cristina also participates in a clinical consult team for her private patients.
In her private practice Cristina specializes in treating people with dysregulated emotions. This includes people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress and relationship issues. This work often includes a re-discovering of aspects of self and of life that when given energy and attention are an avenue for growth beyond the pain.
Ashley Connors, MSW LSWAIC
tel: (404) 642-8341
Ashley Wright is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Washington. She received her Bachelors in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia and Masters in Clinical Social Work from Kennesaw State University. Ashley has been providing DBT since 2013. Having been impressed with its success, she relocated from Georgia to Seattle to pursue more intensive training in DBT. Ashley completed a 21-month comprehensive training in DBT from Behavioral Tech and has received expert supervision and consultation for her work.
Adam Carmel, PhD
tel: (206) 701-7380
Adam Carmel, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington. He has a private practice in Seattle where he provides DBT and other evidence-based treatments for individuals with emotion regulation difficulties, and a skills training program for their friends and family members. Adam received specialized training in DBT while completing a predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Following his training, Adam joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was the Director of an outpatient DBT clinic and a DBT partial hospitalization program at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Adam is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he provides supervision to doctoral psychology students learning DBT in the training clinic directed by Dr. Marsha Linehan.
Rebecca Schneir, LMFT
tel: (206) 805-9119
Rebecca is a state-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in meeting the mental health needs of adolescents, adults, and families, and has extensive experience addressing depression, anxiety, self-harm/suicidality, grief, trauma, relationship issues, and adjustment concerns.
Rebecca is a former high school teacher and has many years of experience working with youth and families in school, recreational, and therapeutic settings. She has provided therapy services in community mental health agencies and schools in both San Francisco and Seattle. She has also worked as a mental health therapist at the University of Washington. She currently maintains a private practice in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.
Rebecca has been working with the DBT model since 2006. She is intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech. She has experience as a skills facilitator as well as an individual DBT provider. She currently provides individual DBT therapy, individual DBT skills training, and DBT-informed parent coaching.
Lizz Dexter-Mazza is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington, and provides cognitive behavioral therapy to adolescents, adults, and their families. She has extensive experience treating a variety of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, grief (survivors of suicide), trauma, and relationship issues. However, her specialty is treating suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors (e.g., cutting, burning) and individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through individual therapy and individual skills training. In addition, she provides consultation, support, and coaching to family members on how to be most effective when faced with a struggling family member.
Lizz has been providing DBT since 2001 in a variety of settings including adolescent and adult outpatient treatments programs in Oregon, New York, and Washington. In addition to having a private practice in Seattle, she is a trainer for Behavioral Tech, LLC, a company that disseminates and implements DBT with counselors and therapists both domestically and internationally. From 2004 until 2007 she served as Clinical Coordinator/Director in Dr. Marsha Linehan’s (the treatment developer) Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. Her clinical work there included providing individual DBT, DBT skills training, and facilitating the Friends and Family group, a group designed to assist people in effectively living with a person with BPD. Lizz is also a clinical faculty member of the UW Department of Psychology. Through this position, she provides clinical supervision to doctoral psychology students learning DBT in Dr. Linehan’s clinic.
Cristina Mullen, MSW, LICSW
tel: (206) 214-6009
Ashley has worked in various clinical settings, and has specialized experience in using DBT to help her clients with suicidal and self-harm behaviors and with eating disorders. For nearly a decade prior to completing her Masters, she worked in spiritual-based counseling, motivating and coaching clients according to their values. These experiences among others have given Ashley a deep enthusiasm for Dialectical Behavior Therapy and counseling that she hopes to share with clients.
Jenna Melman, LICSW
tel: (206) 355-4714
Jenna specializes in providing evidence-based psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples and families. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. At Columbia University, Jenna was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Jenna held a position specializing in DBT at UW Medicine Harborview’s Psychotherapy Clinic. Jenna was also a Seattle Children’s DBT research therapist working directly with Dr. Marsha Linehan, developer of DBT, to treat suicidal, emotionally dysregulated adolescents and their families. Jenna works collaboratively with individuals and families to thoughtfully develop individualized interventions to treat anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-injury and behaviors related to emotion dysregulation. Jenna offers DBT skills groups, individual therapy and parent coaching.
Columbia City DBT
tel: (206) 214-6009
3525 S Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98118
Behavior Research & Therapy Clinics, Dept. of Psychology, University of Washington
tel: (206) 543-BRTC (2782)
3935 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195–5915
The DBT Center at EBTCS
tel: (206) 374-0109
1200 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101