Our Purpose Statement

Are we a good fit for your needs and goals? Read on.

  • Our Mission

    At, we welcome people from all walks of life, from around the world, to take our DBT Skills course. Our mission is to provide classes and a supportive community where DBT Skills can be learned, practiced, and discussed. We gather to learn these skills so we may thrive in our relationships, schooling, career, families, etc., as emotionally sensitive people. Everyone is welcomed and embraced!

  • Commitment to Inclusivity

    Our community is much more than just a classroom; it’s our safe haven. Our team is committed to fostering a space where all students are treated with the same respect without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, education, opinions, culture, disability, or age.

  • We Respect Your Privacy

    No matter what brought you here, whether it be borderline personality disorder (BPD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, a history of trauma, or any other reason, you are welcome. As we are a psychoeducational course, you don’t need to have or disclose any diagnosis to learn with us.

  • This is a Safe Space

    We believe that sharing our differences, experiences, knowledge, skills usage, and supportive feedback is what empowers us to stay motivated and helps us to feel less isolated.

    We understand that difficult emotions may come up while learning the skills and request that respect is always shown to team members and other students, including in these moments.

    We hope to have you with us in our community very soon!

DBT Class Instructors

Debbie DeMarco Bennett, BSc., MA in Progress

Debbie DeMarco Bennett, BSc., MA in Progress

Co-Teacher Since 2013

Debbie is a well-known author on the topics of and dialectical behavior therapy and borderline traits (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 and is currently working toward completing a master’s degree in Consciousness and Human Potential at Maharishi International University.

Debbie helps people who are emotionally sensitive express and channel their intense emotions, learn effective boundaries and self-care, and break free of 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 using the skills, somatic practices, and nervous system recalibration techniques discussed in our courses.

Kathryn Holt, PhD, LCSW

Kathryn Holt, PhD, LCSW

Co-Teacher Since 2015

Kathryn is a psychotherapist who helps people struggling with body hatred, depression, and anxiety by listening more closely to feelings and deeper needs. She utilizes a depth psychological and behavioral approach that integrates the whole person– body, mind, soul, and spirit– as a way of accessing your own wisdom and self-trust.

Kathryn studied DBT at Columbia University in New York City and completed her MA and PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She now lives and practices in Longmont, CO with her husband and daughter.

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 Consultation

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.

Study Hall Staff



Senior Staff

Kim has been with DBT Path for over 10 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 Senior Staff member, assisting with our Study Hall forum and an array of essential behind-the-scenes 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.

Krisanna, LMSW

Krisanna, LMSW

On-Call DBT Homework Specialist

Krisanna earned her master’s in social work (MSW) degree at Fordham University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. Through her professional journey, Krisanna has worked with countless clients of different ages, incorporating DBT activities into their treatment and her own everyday life. Krisanna utilizes her skills and mental health experience when reviewing the DBT skills written homework and responding with supportive, uplifting, and encouraging feedback.

When she’s not at work, Krisanna enjoys spending time with her significant other, family, and friends. She loves the outdoors, reading, watching anime and science fiction shows, doing yoga, and listening to music of all genres.