Welcome to DBT Understood

I'm pleased to introduce you to Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood, a blog about DBT from Christy Matta, MA.

Christy Matta, M.A., is a trainer, consultant and freelance writer. She has worked in mental health since 1994, is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has extensive training in Mindfulness. She is an experienced group leader and trainer in both Mindfulness and DBT Skills Groups.

She has provided clinical supervision to DBT residential programs and was a member of the senior administrative team that designed Grove Street Adolescent Residential Program, a winner of the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award. She functioned as The Bridge of Central Massachusetts DBT training supervisor for clinicians from the department of counseling psychology of Assumption College and the department of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

She also co-authored the article ”DBT for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: A Program Description.” Learn more about Christy Matta here.

8 Replies to “Welcome to DBT Understood”

  1. Welcome to Psych Central!!!

    Thanks for coming here to share your knowledge and expertise with us. I’m looking forward to learning more about this type of therapy.

  2. Hi Christy, Just stumbled across this blog after reading about it at Psych Central. I must admit I had never heard of this therapy before. But your blog makes great reading so far.

    I am not a therapist but am on the other side of the desk 🙂 but I still like to keep up with whats going on to make sure I am getting the best treatment.

    I did a little write up at my blog at Beat Depression

    Thanks for the interesting read.

  3. Greetings Christy!

    DBT is a great topic. Even though I’ve received training in DBT I consider myself the constant student. I look forward to reading your blog and learning more to enhance my work, tickle my intellect and inform my patients. Welcome to Psych Central!


  4. Welcome! I am so happy to see more discussions about DBT. I am a success story with a year and a half of DBT under my belt I am a much better person than I was a few years ago. I hope that you discuss that even though it can be a long process, that it DOES work as long as you stick with it! Also I would love see someone discuss different types of DBT programs, for example taking a 4 week version as an outpatient at a treatment facility as opposed to a 6 month to a year program through a DBT specializing therapist. And again welcome to PsychCentral I look forward to reading your posts!

  5. Very, very interesting!!! I have recently read and article, which describes similar techniques, but it seems more ‘involved’ somehow. Maybe due to the style. Here’s the reference [Journal of Psychotherapy Integration © 2010 American Psychological Association 2010, Vol. 20,
    No. 2, 152–202]. It’s by Dr. Rofe and it’s called RCTN “The Rational-CHoice Theory of Neurosis.” more ‘invovled’ is suppose is how reading about the theory is in itself empowering and strengthens the coping mechanisms. He presents it as solving “theoretical deadlock” in psychology and here’s what i found challenging: he cites clinical research, which is against behaviour, cognivitist ands so on, BUT — for me, i can’t distinguish between what RCTN proposes from what you propose here!! please, would you be of assistance? one last thing, he calls it Rational Insight Therapy. Does that correspond to what you are doing in DBT? Thanks again!!

  6. This is a great program! I have watched patients go through this program and it has made huge strides in their lives.

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