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Discover how starting dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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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 Tucson, AZ 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 Arizona therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Tucson
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.5 Thriveworks Tucson reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I've enjoyed my time and experience with Paulina. She's professional, informative and engaging. She took the time to ask necessary questions to understand my situation and symptoms. Paulina prescribed medication that has helped me manage my symptoms and I'm extremely grateful. This medication has helped more than anything I've ever tried, and her support has allowed me to gain mental clarity and my self-confidence back. I HIGHLY recommend Paulina and am grateful for her time.
Read more I've enjoyed my time and experience with Paulina. She's professional, informative and engaging. She took the time to ask necessary questions to understand my situation and symptoms. Paulina prescribed medication that has helped me manage my symptoms and I'm extremely grateful. This medication has helped more than anything I've ever tried, and her support has allowed me to gain mental clarity and my self-confidence back. I HIGHLY recommend Paulina and am grateful for her time.
Tucson Jun 2022
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★★★★★
Paulina has been awesome. She is a pleasure to talk to and work with.
Tucson May 2022
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★★★★★
Mrs. Paulina has been one of the few psychiatrists thats Actually cared about the follow-through process. Very professional, helpful, humble, and supportive. Thank you Thrive-works.
Read more Mrs. Paulina has been one of the few psychiatrists thats Actually cared about the follow-through process. Very professional, helpful, humble, and supportive. Thank you Thrive-works.
Tucson May 2022
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★★★★★
I've been a client at Thriveworks now for at least 6 months now and I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised. In this day and age where access to affordable Healthcare is a scarcity, Thriveworks has giving me some hope. Overall, Thriveworks has proven to be affordable and effective as well as reliable and responsive. My counselor Bridget has helped me open up and is teaching me coping skills and boundary setting and I feel as though I have already grown both mentally and emotionally in just these past 6 months. Bridget is reliable, a great listener and gives honest, insightful feedback along with healthy suggestions on how I might handkerchief things better the next time. Since being a patient of Bridget, I often now stop myself from my old unhealthy ways of doing things, taking a moment to reflect on what I'm learning from her and then move forward in a more positive healthy way with whatever issue I was struggling with. As for my therapist Paulina, she too had proven to me that she is listening, genuinely cares and wants to help me. As a former pharmacy tech and now a licensed nurse, it is apparent to me that Paulina is very knowledgeable when it comes to prescribing meds and puts effort and thought into helping her patients. Since being a client of Paulina, I now finally have my anxiety under control. I finally feel relief! Finding relief from my anxiety is something I have found to be a major challenge for many years with previous psych drs. I'm grateful I have found both Bridget and Paulina!
Read more I've been a client at Thriveworks now for at least 6 months now and I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised. In this day and age where access to affordable Healthcare is a scarcity, Thriveworks has giving me some hope. Overall, Thriveworks has proven to be affordable and effective as well as reliable and responsive. My counselor Bridget has helped me open up and is teaching me coping skills and boundary setting and I feel as though I have already grown both mentally and emotionally in just these past 6 months. Bridget is reliable, a great listener and gives honest, insightful feedback along with healthy suggestions on how I might handkerchief things better the next time. Since being a patient of Bridget, I often now stop myself from my old unhealthy ways of doing things, taking a moment to reflect on what I'm learning from her and then move forward in a more positive healthy way with whatever issue I was struggling with. As for my therapist Paulina, she too had proven to me that she is listening, genuinely cares and wants to help me. As a former pharmacy tech and now a licensed nurse, it is apparent to me that Paulina is very knowledgeable when it comes to prescribing meds and puts effort and thought into helping her patients. Since being a client of Paulina, I now finally have my anxiety under control. I finally feel relief! Finding relief from my anxiety is something I have found to be a major challenge for many years with previous psych drs. I'm grateful I have found both Bridget and Paulina!
Tucson May 2022
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★★★★★
Easy to make appointments and genuinely care for patients well being.
Tucson May 2022
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★★★★★
Blanca worked in our school as a school counselor and working with students in K-8th grade in a 1:1 setting. She worked with students who came from diverse backgrounds: divorced parents, incarcerated parents, no parents, homelessness, etc. The students she met with maintained a noticeably strengthened sense of self. Blanca also helped these students to develop strong coping skills in order to help the students self regulate throughout the school day. We would be happy to have her work in our school again.
Read more Blanca worked in our school as a school counselor and working with students in K-8th grade in a 1:1 setting. She worked with students who came from diverse backgrounds: divorced parents, incarcerated parents, no parents, homelessness, etc. The students she met with maintained a noticeably strengthened sense of self. Blanca also helped these students to develop strong coping skills in order to help the students self regulate throughout the school day. We would be happy to have her work in our school again.
Tucson Feb 2021
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★★★★★
Therapist Erica Wagner helped my children and I through the most difficult time in our lives. Her genuine compassion and dedication to helping others is reflected in her work. I am very grateful for all the support she has provided.
Read more Therapist Erica Wagner helped my children and I through the most difficult time in our lives. Her genuine compassion and dedication to helping others is reflected in her work. I am very grateful for all the support she has provided.
Tucson Feb 2021
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★★★★★
Erica Wagner is an exceptional therapist and person. Her understanding, caring, funny, and welcoming nature made my recovery process so much easier to cope with over the years. I came out of each session feeling validated of my emotions and learning something new each time. She has truly helped me change my life. I highly recommend Erica to anyone seeking mental health guidance!
Read more Erica Wagner is an exceptional therapist and person. Her understanding, caring, funny, and welcoming nature made my recovery process so much easier to cope with over the years. I came out of each session feeling validated of my emotions and learning something new each time. She has truly helped me change my life. I highly recommend Erica to anyone seeking mental health guidance!
Tucson Feb 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Tucson is located on Wetmore Road between N Stone Ave and N 1st Ave. We are inside the Arizona Complete Health building, sharing the building with Psomas and Cenpatico Integrated Care, among other businesses. Our building is located next door to Funtasticks Family Fun Park and in the same parking lot as The UPS Store.

Phone number

(520) 231-2358

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