The team at THIRA Health leverages Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as the foundation for each of our programs under the guidance of one of the leading experts in DBT, Dr. Kathryn Korslund. Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dr. Korslund had the privilege of working and researching alongside prior to joining THIRA.
We’re thrilled to share that Dr. Linehan’s influential work and career was recently featured in a special edition of TIME Magazine on the great scientists of our time.
DBT was originally designed to treat interpersonal chaos, intense emotional swings, impulsiveness, confusion about the self (identity), and suicidal behavior. However, in contrast to other “talking” therapies, DBT emphasizes making change through practicing new skills to change how you think, act and feel. To reach the ultimate goal of DBT, the approach balances empathy and warm acceptance (validation) with an unwavering focus on changing behavior (problem-solving). Through this balance, DBT aims to help change the behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with problems in living while promoting the development of and reliance on inner gifts and strengths.
Dr. Kathryn Korslund has specialized in Dialectical Behavior Therapy approach for over 16 years. First as a researcher at the University of Washington’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) and now as the Clinical Director at THIRA and President of UW’s BRTC, Dr. Korslund contributes tremendously to the growth and development of DBT studies and applications. Reach out to us to learn more about DBT and request a consultation with Dr. Korslund.