DBT Class Instructors

Debbie DeMarco Bennett, BSc.

Debbie DeMarco Bennett, BSc.

Co-Teacher

Debbie is a well-known author on the topics of borderline traits and dialectical behavior therapy (written under the pen name Debbie Corso), DBT skills teacher, certified life coach, and researcher on the topic of ancestral/intergenerational trauma and healing. She completed Dr. Marsha Linehan’s course for DBT skills instructors through Behavioral Tech/The Linehan Institute.

Debbie helps emotionally sensitive people embrace and channel their intense emotions and sensitivity, learn effective boundaries and self-care, and release self-sabotaging patterns.

She is a thriving emotionally sensitive person with extensive personal and professional experience with DBT Skills. She openly shares her personal journey of overcoming and no longer meeting the criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder through the use of these skills, somatic practices, and nervous system recalibration techniques discussed in our courses.

Kathryn C. Holt, LCSW, MA, PhD Candidate

Kathryn C. Holt, LCSW, MA, PhD Candidate

Co-Teacher

Kathryn is a psychotherapist who accompanies people on the journey of reclaiming their hunger, desire, and permission to live fully in their bodies and lives. She utilizes a psycho-spiritual approach that integrates our whole person– body, mind, soul, and spirit– as a way of accessing our deepest wisdom and self-trust.

Kathryn studied DBT at Columbia University in New York City and worked with teens, adults, and families using DBT for several years prior to moving to Boulder, CO where she now lives and practices. She offers individual therapy, groups, retreats, and weekly movement classes with the intention of reconnecting people with their power, wisdom, and purpose.

Mind-Body Support for Students & Team

Serena Lucchesi, E-RYT

Serena Lucchesi, E-RYT

Somatic Educator

Serena Lucchesi, E-RYT is a Somatic Educator in the Thomas Hanna tradition, yoga teacher, and TRE® Provider, certified by Dr. David Berceli. She studied with renowned trauma researcher, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Lasater, and Liz Koch, among other renowned masters.

Serena’s teaching nurtures mindfulness, alignment, wholeness, and fun. She facilitates monthly mind-body activities for students and graduates of DBT Path. Participants appreciate Serena’s ability to help them court their parasympathetic nervous systems in order to experience deep relaxation.

Amanda Smith, LCSW

Amanda Smith, LCSW

DBT Team Consultations

Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech certification process, Amanda is a trusted expert in the world of Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and DBT. She facilitates our team’s DBT Consultation Groups to support our staff as they serve, encourage, and support an emotionally wounded population.

DBT Path often refers students who are looking to find an individual therapist or BPD treatment center to Amanda’s treatment consultation practice, Hope For BPD. While she primarily works with individuals who engage in self-harming or self-sabotaging behaviors, she is happy to meet with anyone who is open to finding more meaning and purpose in their life.

Administration & Study Hall Staff

Kim

Kim

Virtual Office Manager

Kim has been with DBT Path for over 7 years, starting out as a student and organically moving her way into leadership roles in our online community, including Senior Student, Group Moderator, and Admin. She now serves as the school’s Virtual Office Manager. Kim assists with new student onboarding, technical support, and an array of essential administrative functions.

When she’s not working on DBT Path tasks or her day job, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and their golden retriever, Gemma; reading/watching science fiction and medieval books, movies and TV shows; and playing online games.

Sherid

Sherid

B.A. - Study Hall Homework Co-Lead

Sherid has been with DBT Path since 2019. DBT has been life changing for her & she loves sharing that passion & support with other students. She is particularly interested in digging deeper into each lesson & currently creates weekly extra content reading for each topic. Sherid completed Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT skills training course for instructors through Behavioral Tech/The Linehan Institute.

She lives in the tiny island nation of The Cook Islands, in the South Pacific. She spends her spare time training for triathlons, reading on the white sandy beaches underneath palm trees, swimming with turtles, and hiking the island’s interior.

Auri

Auri

Forum Moderator & Admin Asst.

"DBT has opened up doorways for me to develop emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically, and most importantly, process and heal from trauma. Something so many of us are fighting right now in this time in the world. I love this community and everything it stands for. Through the roughest realizations of my life, knowing I had such kind, compassionate, strong classmates and teachers inspired me and kept me going."

Auri began her journey at DBT Path in 2019, moved through the modules to change her life, and she is now wanting to pursue helping others along this journey.

With over a year of DBT skills practice under her belt, her passion for this work, and having expressed an interest in a support role in the mental health world, she quickly came to mind when this position opened.

When she’s not at work, Auri enjoys hiking, frisbee, going to the gym and listening to music. As a former vet tech, she enjoys anything to do with animals, especially siamese cats.

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