Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a compassionate, evidence-based treatment based on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. It was created over 20 years ago by Marsha Linehan, PhD to help individuals who struggle with regulating their emotions and behaviors. DBT combines behavior therapy (change-focused) with validation (acceptance-focused). It teaches individuals how to think and act more dialectically – taking into consideration both sides of a situation and acting in a more balanced way. The ultimate goal of DBT is to help individuals achieve and maintain a life worth living. To achieve this goal, the treatment teaches skills to better manage emotions without having to resort to maladaptive behaviors.
Dr. Janine Galione is a clinical psychologist located in East Greenwich, RI specializing in anxiety, depression, and trauma-related symptoms, including difficulties regulating emotions and behaviors. She has special expertise in working with clients transitioning into adulthood and often works with undergraduate and graduate students who struggle with suicidal ideation. She provides both short- and long-term treatment.
Dr. Galione applies an integrative approach to treatment and utilizes both acceptance-based and goal-oriented modalities, depending on the client’s individual needs. She provides comprehensive psychological assessments, and collaborates with clients to develop a treatment plan that incorporates evidence-based methods, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness practices.
Dr. Galione's extensive training allows her to support clients with a wide variety of symptoms. She cares deeply for her clients, and is best known for balancing warm validation with effective options for behavior change. Working together will also teach you how to think and act more dialectically – taking into consideration both sides of a situation and acting in a more balanced way.