What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Our online DBT skills courses are focused on Dialectical Behavior Therapy 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 guidesyou in finding the middle ground when experiencing black or white (all-or-nothing) thinking.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy – DBT Courses

Learn DBT skills in our entirely online DBT informed psychoeducational classes. 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.

The modules include lessons on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT Courses Teachers & Team

Debbie DeMarco Bennett

Debbie DeMarco Bennett

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

Kathryn C. Holt

M.A., LCSW, PhD in process


Virtual Office Manager


Study Hall Homework Co-Lead

Student Testimonials

Read how our DBT Courses have Changed these Students Lives.

“I have been getting very positive feedback from my parents about the changes they are seeing in me and its thanks to DBT and you guys…I am telling you that your classes make all the difference. They give clarity, allow me to relate, have a laugh and inspire me to keep going. Thank you.”

“I’ve learned so many things that are making it easier for me to deal with day to day life, which in turn is allowing more of my focus to be on healing and on learning how to love myself and not letting my past experiences take away from my present life and the beautiful future I will create for myself.”

“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.”

“DBT and your course (and really your loving energy that has created so much light in my life and in this world) have shifted my life in a way I never could have imagined possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I will always consider myself a lifelong student of DBT!”

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the News

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

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 dbt dialectical behavior therapy

Singer and actress Selena Gomez was honored with the 2019 McLean Award at the hospital’s Annual Dinner held on September 13. 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

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Oct. 8, 2017, 12:13 PM PDT / Source: TODAY
By Shane Lou

“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. He addressed his condition on “SNL’s” Weekend Update last night, adding a dose of humor to the serious subject.

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

dbt courses news - selena gomezMARCH 16, 2017 4:00 AM

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

dbt courses news - selena gomezOct. 12, 2018, 12:01 PM PDT / Source: TODAY
By A. Pawlowski

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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