What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Our online DBT skills courses are focused on Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills and provide a set of emotional coping skills that can help emotionally sensitive people, including those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or traits, PTSD, and anxiety, manage intense emotional responses.

DBT therapy is a fusion of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) (focusing on cognition, or thoughts), and Zen Buddhism (focusing on becoming a mindful observer of one’s experiences.)

DBT helps with moving toward a balance of acceptance and change and helps guide you in finding the middle ground when experiencing black or white (all-or-nothing) thinking.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Online DBT Courses

Learn DBT skills in our entirely online DBT informed psychoeducational classes that focus on the lessons below.


The ability to take control of your mind instead of having your mind control you.

Distress Tolerance

Helps you cope and survive during a crisis and tolerate short term or long term pain (physical or emotional).

Emotion Regulation

Learn how to manage your negative and overwhelming emotions while increasing your positive ones.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Learn skills used to attend to relationships. Balance priorities versus demands.

DBT Courses Teachers & Team

Our online DBT courses are led by Life Coach and DBT Skills Educator, Debbie DeMarco Bennett in recovery from BPD, and a DBT-trained, licensed psychotherapist, Kathryn C. Holt.

Debbie DeMarco Bennett

Debbie DeMarco Bennett

DBT Skills Teacher, B.Sc., CLC
Dr. Kathryn C. Holt

Dr. Kathryn C. Holt

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Amanda Smith, LCSW

Amanda Smith, LCSW

DBT Team Consultations
Serena Lucchesi, E-RYT

Serena Lucchesi, E-RYT

Somatic Educator


Virtual Office Manager
Krisanna, B.A., MSW in progress

Krisanna, B.A., MSW in progress

DBT Skills Homework Lead


Homework Assistant & Weekend Lead


Read how our DBT Courses have Changed these Students Lives

Read how DBT Path changed these lives...


DBT Path has helped me to learn to live more authentically, as I like to say, in my “Wise Mind.”   I can tell already that [the course lessons] have made such a difference.  I would not be where I am today — my life was falling apart. I still have a long way to go, but there is HOPE.

~ Jason, USA


Thank you Debbie. Your class has been nothing short of transformative!! I so respect how you run it with such expertise AND compassion.

~Sharon, USA


I just wanted to share with you that due to this class, I am now having more POSITIVE and joyful days in my own skin than I’ve ever had before. A MILESTONE AT AGE 64. xxxx



For me DBT Path is more than a great place to learn DBT skills. It is the place where I found I could be more than a diagnosis, where I found I could be a compassionate and caring person. DBT Path not only taught me skills but taught me I could thrive and not just survive.
~Romania, Mexico


For my entire life, I have had people tell me to ‘grow’ thicker skin. I never knew how. This series has given me the skills to better manage my emotions. I’m so glad that you have made this option available and have been recommending it to anyone who might benefit from DBT. This is the best I have felt in a long time.
~Lyzz, USA


Lady Gaga Uses DBT for Self-harm Urges & Suicidal Ideation

Elle Magazine Lady Gaga

Sølve Sundsbø – Elle Magazine

Lady Gaga recently spoke to Oprah about how she uses dialectical behavior therapy (DBT skills) to cope with self-harm urges and suicidal ideation.  She even has some favorite skills!

Selena Gomez Receives McLean Award for Mental Health Advocacy

Selena Gomez was honored with the 2019 McLean Award on September 13.

Singer and actress Selena Gomez was honored with the 2019 McLean Award. Each year, McLean presents the award to individuals who have furthered the public’s understanding of psychiatric illness and mental health.

Pete Davidson addresses mental health struggles on ‘SNL’ with honesty and humor

Pete Davidson addresses borderline personality disorder

Source: TODAY.com

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson revealed in a recent podcast that he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a condition that makes it hard for people to regulate their emotions.

Selena Gomez Gets Real About Anxiety—And How Therapy Changed Everything

Selena Gomez Gets Real About Anxiety—And How Therapy Changed Everything

Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, December 2015

Selena Gomez has become an open book. Over the past year, the singer and new Vogue cover star has grown increasingly forthcoming about her struggle with depression and anxiety. Now, that honesty is translating into a sign of real strength, turning Gomez into a compelling new voice for a generation of young women, and breaking down conversational barriers surrounding emotional health.

What is dialectical behavior therapy? Selena Gomez’s treatment explained

What is dialectical behavior therapy? Selena Gomez's treatment explained

Getty Images |  TODAY.com

As Selena Gomez seeks treatment for anxiety and depression, she is reportedly once again turning to dialectical behavior therapy.

The singer is now undergoing DBT, People reported, a type of psychological care she has praised before. When Vogue profiled Gomez last year, the magazine described her as a “profound believer” in the therapy. “DBT has completely changed my life,” Gomez said in the interview. “I wish more people would talk about therapy.”

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