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Philip Grimes

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What is your go-to approach for dialectical behavior therapy?

My go-to approach for dialectical behavior therapy is psychoeducational, utilizing books, worksheets, and videos.

What tools do you teach in dialectical behavior therapy?

DBT aims to help individuals manage emotional dysregulation. To that end, I teach all of the relevant skills within each of the 4 components of DBT:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotional regulation

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in dialectical behavior therapy?

I know when a client is making meaningful progress in dialectical behavior therapy when there is a measurable change in a standardized assessment measure such as the Burns Depression Inventory, or the PHQ-9. Subjectively, they navigate situations with lower SUDS (subjective units of distress), are able to make healthy choices that support healthy management of emotions, and are more effective in their relationships.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement dialectical behavior therapy?

Clients can supplement their time in DBT by keeping a journal, doing diary cards if so inclined toward the DBT model, or reading the many books devoted to the topic.

What should someone do to prepare for starting dialectical behavior therapy?

To prepare for their first session, an individual can watch a video explaining the core concepts of DBT.

Starting Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

What is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)?

At Thriveworks, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) primarily concentrates on assisting individuals in emotion regulation, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and acquiring effective coping strategies for managing stress and emotional difficulties.

How does DBT work?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) targets your personal challenges. You may work with your DBT therapist to maintain diary cards to monitor progress, emphasizing validation and support in the therapeutic relationship. DBT follows a stage-based approach, prioritizing crisis reduction initially and life satisfaction.

What is DBT best used for?

DBT was initially developed to address the needs of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, its versatile approach has enabled its application to a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress, and anger issues.

What are the 4 pillars of DBT?

The 4 pillars of DBT are mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

Is DBT better than EMDR?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) have distinct purposes and aren't inherently superior or inferior to one another. DBT is most effective for managing emotional regulation, personality disorders, and interpersonal challenges, while EMDR is specifically tailored for individuals with trauma-related conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What's better: CBT or DBT?

The selection between Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) hinges on an individual's distinct requirements and the specific nature of their concerns. CBT is commonly preferred for a broad spectrum of conditions like anxiety and depression, whereas DBT stands out in aiding individuals dealing with borderline personality disorder and challenges associated with emotional regulation.

Is DBT conducted in person or online?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with therapists at Thriveworks in Philadelphia, PA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How many months is DBT?

The duration of a standard DBT program is typically around 24 weeks, which is roughly six months. The actualnumber of sessions will vary depending on the issues you wish to address.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Philadelphia therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

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Hear from our clients

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The therapist we have is always on time/ professional/ and helpful. I am glad we found him.
Michele Dec 2023
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Crystal Sommerville was a TSS to out now 26 year old when she was a young child. Crystal has maintained a professional and therapeutic relationship with both her client and our family. We have watched her develop her professional skills coupled with compassion, patience, understanding, listening and being available. Our family has benefited directly from ALL of the advice, opinions, therapy and personal interest for many years. ANY client who has the privilege of working with Crystal Sommerville WILL only benefit from her!!! We are PROUD to let everyone know CRYSTAL SOMMERVILLE IS AN AWESOME THERAPIST!!
Read more Crystal Sommerville was a TSS to out now 26 year old when she was a young child. Crystal has maintained a professional and therapeutic relationship with both her client and our family. We have watched her develop her professional skills coupled with compassion, patience, understanding, listening and being available. Our family has benefited directly from ALL of the advice, opinions, therapy and personal interest for many years. ANY client who has the privilege of working with Crystal Sommerville WILL only benefit from her!!! We are PROUD to let everyone know CRYSTAL SOMMERVILLE IS AN AWESOME THERAPIST!!
Philadelphia Nov 2021
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Laura is a wonderful counselor. She is compassionate, caring, empathetic and such a good listener. Laura provides thoughtful, non -judgmental advice. I would highly recommend her!
Read more Laura is a wonderful counselor. She is compassionate, caring, empathetic and such a good listener. Laura provides thoughtful, non -judgmental advice. I would highly recommend her!
Philadelphia Aug 2020
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Cecelia is one of the greatest therapists I have ever met. Her expertise and professionalism in working with families shows, and her ability to highlight power, culture, and privilege moves families in directions previously unable.
Read more Cecelia is one of the greatest therapists I have ever met. Her expertise and professionalism in working with families shows, and her ability to highlight power, culture, and privilege moves families in directions previously unable.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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Cecelia is such a great listener, she makes me feel understood. She creates such a tranquil environment that makes me open up.
Read more Cecelia is such a great listener, she makes me feel understood. She creates such a tranquil environment that makes me open up.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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Cecelia is one of the most gifted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Empathetic, knowledgeable, professional and committed to the craft of healing people where they are broken. Blessed to know her and so incredibly happy for the people that will benefit from her service.
Read more Cecelia is one of the most gifted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Empathetic, knowledgeable, professional and committed to the craft of healing people where they are broken. Blessed to know her and so incredibly happy for the people that will benefit from her service.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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Cecelia is a wonderful therapist who hones in on bringing her skills coupled with personal needs. She is very understand and patient. She has the ability to recognize core themes and challenges while simultanously formulating viable solutions. Her ability to connect quickly is also a bonus.
Read more Cecelia is a wonderful therapist who hones in on bringing her skills coupled with personal needs. She is very understand and patient. She has the ability to recognize core themes and challenges while simultanously formulating viable solutions. Her ability to connect quickly is also a bonus.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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Cecelia Baldwin is a great therapist. She has truly helped open me up as an individual. Every time I meet with her I feel refreshed and leave with more confidence. It shows that Cecelia has taken the time and dedication to hone her craft. I believe she cares for her clients like friends and family members. Thank you!
Read more Cecelia Baldwin is a great therapist. She has truly helped open me up as an individual. Every time I meet with her I feel refreshed and leave with more confidence. It shows that Cecelia has taken the time and dedication to hone her craft. I believe she cares for her clients like friends and family members. Thank you!
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Philadelphia is located off of Chestnut St, between the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River. We're within the Jefferson Building, next to The Gold Center and across the street from the Thompson Building. We are neighbored by About Face Skin Care, Group K Diagnostics, and Taco Bell. The closest bus stops to us are 11th St & Chestnut St and Chestnut St & 10th St.

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(215) 544-2163

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