Find Help

The Linehan Institute is a non-profit organization focused on advocacy and research. We are not able to offer clinical services or advice. Refer to the resources on this page to find a therapist or treatment program.

How can I get support in a crisis?

No matter what problems you are facing, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You will be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. This service is available 24/7.

If you are experiencing an emergency and would like coaching, please call your DBT provider, the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or your local emergency number.


How can I find a DBT therapist?

It’s tough when you feel like you don’t know where to turn for help. We encourage all people seeking to learning more about DBT as a treatment to read over the resource developed by TARA: Guidelines for Choosing a DBT Therapist.

There are multiple ways to search for a DBT provider. The Linehan Institute does not employee any mental health providers and cannot provide clinical services or referrals.

You can search for therapists who have been certified through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. The DBT-LBC is an independent group that oversees DBT certification, and their list of certified therapists is small but growing.

You can also search Behavioral Tech’s Clinical Resource Directory (CRD). Behavioral Tech is the official training company of the Linehan Institute. The CRD is a compiled listing of DBT teams and individuals who have completed comprehensive training in DBT through one of Behavioral Tech’s programs. This directory is voluntary and only includes therapists who have asked to be listed for public contact.

Find a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Therapist

If you are interested in finding a therapist who practices CBT, you can search for a CBT therapist on the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) website, as well as learn more about CBT.

Referrals through Local Colleges or Universities

Some universities and colleges have DBT programs available for enrolled students. They may also be able to recommend additional therapy resources in their area. Contact your local college or university’s psychology or psychiatry department, or the student health center, to ask about resources for DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or other treatment options.


Where can I learn more about DBT or other mental health treatments?

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the United State’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Visit the NAMI website to learn about mental health conditions and treatment options, find support, and get involved with NAMI.

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD)

NEA.BPD is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and education about BPD. Visit www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com to learn more. These specific resources may be of help to you:

  • The Family Connections program, designed by Alan Fruzzetti, PhD, and Perry Hoffman, PhD, is a 12-week program that provides support for family members of people with BPD.
  • The NEA.BPD maintains an archive of free resources featuring mental health experts on various topics: call-in Audio Archive.

Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder (TARA)

TARA is a non-profit education and advocacy organization providing information on BPD to families, consumers, and providers. Specifically, you may be interested in Guidelines for Choosing a DBT Therapist.

Free Video: Introduction to Using DBT Skills with Adolescents

Watch a two-hour lecture presented by Drs. Marsha Linehan and Laura Kastner titled Teen Extremes: Regulating Moods in the Age of Anxiety. This lecture provides guidance about how parents and professionals can help teens manage intense feelings. Skills based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can help young people stay calm and mindful in difficult situations, effectively manage out-of-control emotions, reduce the pain of intense emotions, and get along with family and friends.

Books, CDs, and DVDs

Explore resources for clients and families that you can purchase through Behavioral Tech, the training company owned by The Linehan Institute.

Online Videos

You can rent or buy videos that feature teaching from Marsha Linehan. These videos are not a replacement for treatment from a trained DBT provider.