Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Bend, Oregon

My name is Sean Downes and I’m a Licensed Psychotherapist in downtown Bend, Oregon offering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to patients who are looking for help managing very powerful emotions which may be interfering with their ability to thrive in a relationship and live a productive & successful life.

As a Dialectical behavior therapist, I’ve seen first hand the power of DBT Therapy to improve uncontrollable emotions to create new beginnings and opportunities. Clients often experience a brand new outlook on life. An increase in self-confidence, self-awareness, happiness and joy.

I am also a Certified Yoga Teacher which enables me to offer a unique and integrative approach that combines talk therapy, mindfulness and mind-body awareness, helping each individual balance their own core energy with their unique brain chemistry.

Psychotherapy Fees:
Self-pay or out of pocket rates are $175 per 53 minute session.

Insurance Accepted:
I currently accept PacificSource Commercial, First Choice, MODA, PacificSource Community Solutions, OHP and Medicare. I also do provide Out of Network Billing for other insurance companies. If you are using your insurance benefits, please take the time to understand the nuances of your insurance plan (copays, deductibles, HSA, etc.) on the front end of your psychotherapy treatment.

What is dialectical behavior therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT Therapy) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been found to be especially helpful for those who experience painfully intense emotions. Originally developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, DBT Therapy has since found a place in the treatment of a wide variety of distressing conditions, including bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, depression and suicidal urges.

Clients with conditions like these may be suffering greatly, yet find therapy especially challenging. They may feel judged and misunderstood when they hear their problems are caused by their own uncontrollable emotions. They may even have had therapists give up on them, considering them impossible to treat. DBT Therapy is just one of many forms of therapy we can draw on to create a treatment plan suited to your unique needs.

How does DBT work?

At the heart of dialectical behavior therapy is non-judgmental acceptance of the client for who they are. From there, emphasis is on learning to recognize emotional triggers and respond to those triggers in ways that reduce, rather than escalate, conflict. The aim is a healthy balance between acceptance and change.

Mindfulness skills is perhaps the most important strategy in DBT Therapy. Mindfulness teaches you to focus on the present or “live in the moment.” By doing so, you can learn to pay attention to what’s going on inside of you (thoughts, feelings, sensations, impulses) as well as what’s outside of you (what you see, hear, smell, and touch) in non-judgmental ways. These skills will help you to slow down so you can focus on healthy coping skills in the midst of emotional pain. Mindfulness can help you to stay calm and avoid engaging in automatic negative thought patterns and impulsive behavior.

DBT therapy is just one of many forms of therapy we can draw on to create a treatment plan suited to your unique needs. Others are EMDR Therapy, CBT Therapy and Existential Therapy.


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