Comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

A structured therapy program of both group and individual sessions to help you find balance, build resilience, and live a meaningful life.

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Learn the skills that will build your confidence in your ability to handle challenging situations

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Begin to understand, accept, and manage intense emotions, allowing space to heal from past trauma

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Align your actions and personal values so you can pursue passions, hobbies, and relationships that bring you joy

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With moments of joy that seem too short and rough patches that feel too long, emotions can sometimes sweep you off your feet. Little things might set off big reactions, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and anxious.

It’s easy to feel like no one gets the whirlwind inside you. Remember, you’re not the only one feeling this way, and it’s completely okay to reach out.

Your feelings are real and valid. We can help you understand them.

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About Comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Comprehensive DBT, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, is a special type of therapy designed to help people handle intense emotions and improve relationships, including those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Imagine your emotions being like a wild roller coaster; DBT gives you tools to ride it smoothly. It combines group skills learning with one-on-one sessions with a DBT therapist, and teaches you practical skills like staying calm during stress, communicating effectively, and staying present in the moment. Over time, it has also been shown to be effective for a variety of issues beyond BPD, such as depression, anxiety, and more. It’s like giving yourself a toolbox for life’s challenges, helping you react better and live a happier life.

**Many professionals provide DBT-informed care, which differs from comprehensive or full program DBT.

At Daisy + Co. Therapy, we proudly offer both. Our extensively trained DBT therapists can help clarify which would be the best fit for you.

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what can comprehensive DBT help with?

Comprehensive DBT, aka Full Program DBT, works to help people build skills in the following areas:

Emotional surges, particularly when they’re intense, can often lead to impulsive decisions and actions. DBT equips individuals with skills to recognize and name their emotions, understand their origins, and apply techniques to manage them. This is not about suppressing feelings but rather understanding them in depth. By mastering emotional regulation, individuals can prevent the cascading effects of unchecked emotions, which often lead to personal distress or conflicts with others. Strategies might include recognizing triggers, reframing negative thinking patterns, and introducing calming techniques.

Relationships form the backbone of our social existence. However, for many, navigating relationships can be a maze of misunderstandings and unmet needs. DBT arms individuals with the tools to communicate their needs effectively, assert themselves without being aggressive, and manage conflicts constructively. This not only improves the quality of existing relationships but also fosters the development of healthier new ones. These skills are invaluable in both personal and professional settings.

Life invariably presents situations that are painful, and immediate resolution isn’t always possible. Rather than resorting to impulsive actions or unhealthy coping mechanisms in these instances, DBT offers strategies for enduring pain with patience and grace. Techniques might involve distraction, self-soothing, or weighing the pros and cons of a situation to prevent hasty reactions. Over time, this helps individuals confront challenges with a clearer mind and greater resilience.

Mindfulness in DBT is about anchoring oneself in the present moment. It’s the practice of non-judgmentally observing one’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they are. In a world that’s constantly pulling our attention in different directions, mindfulness fosters a centeredness and calm. DBT employs exercises that help individuals differentiate between their thoughts, feelings, and external realities, promoting a balanced emotional and cognitive response.

Some behaviors pose immediate risks to an individual’s health and well-being. DBT prioritizes such behaviors, aiming for their elimination or modification. By sequentially targeting these behaviors, therapists ensure that the most pressing concerns are addressed first. Over time, this leads to safer and healthier behavioral patterns, establishing a foundation upon which individuals can build a stable life.

DBT isn’t just about managing crises or navigating challenging emotions; it’s about holistic well-being. Once individuals have the tools to understand and regulate their emotions, communicate effectively, tolerate distress, and behave safely, the focus shifts to crafting a life that’s in line with their values, aspirations, and dreams. This could mean pursuing meaningful careers, fostering deep relationships, or engaging in fulfilling hobbies. It’s about making life not just livable, but rich and meaningful.

in the context of DBT, a life worth living typically includes the following elements:

In DBT, we chat about building a “life worth living.” It’s all about shaping a life that feels right for you, finding a balance with your emotions, and growing stronger day by day. We aim for a life where you’re not just getting by, but truly thriving and being true to yourself.

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Who is Comprehensive DBT for?

If you find yourself wondering the following, it is worth booking a consultation to see if comprehensive DBT is right for you:

“It shouldn’t be so hard to control my emotions.”

“It shouldn’t be so hard to maintain stable relationships.”

“It shouldn’t be so hard to feel a sense of self-worth.”

“It shouldn’t be so hard to find a sense of calm.”

“It shouldn’t be so hard to cope with everyday life.”

Healing is possible - we can show you the way

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Who We Are

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Lauren Levy, Licensed Professional Counselor, Founder & Clinical Director at Daisy + Co. Therapy in Philadelphia. Works with individuals, parents, LGBTQ+, teens, and adults

Lauren Levy, LPC, NCC


Licensed Professional Counselor
Founder & Clinical Director

We are ready to help you heal and we have what it takes to get you there. Our therapists are:

Radically Genuine

We’re real people who value genuine connections. We recognize the vital need for qualified support, all while maintaining a down-to-earth approach that keeps our interactions relatable and approachable.


We embrace an open-minded philosophy, encouraging both clients and therapists to explore unique perspectives and foster personal growth through whatever pathways feel authentic, aligned, and meaningful to them.


We believe that play and exploration are crucial for learning more about ourselves, including adults! A receptive approach to self-discovery and connecting with others is woven into our work, often leading to unexpected, positive outcomes.

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Our Approach

how comprehensive dbt therapy works

One full round of Comprehensive DBT is a 6 month commitment.
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One-on-one sessions with a DBT therapist to address personal goals, enhance motivation, and generalize skill use.
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24 weeks of group sessions that teach practical skills in four main areas: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
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Access to your therapist for brief phone consultations between sessions to help you effectively use your DBT skills in real-life situations
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Therapists meet regularly with a consultation team to ensure they receive support and guidance in providing effective treatment.

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Treatment is typically structured into four main phases. These phases provide a framework for addressing different aspects of treatment and gradually building skills and capabilities.

Here’s an overview of the phases:

PHASE 1: Pre-treatment Phase

This is often considered the first phase, during which the therapist and client assess whether DBT is an appropriate treatment and establish treatment goals.

PHASE 2 : Foundation Skills Training

In this phase, clients learn essential DBT skills through weekly group skills group either virtually or in person. The core skills taught include mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

PHASE 3: Behavioral Interventions

This phase focuses on addressing specific behaviors “targeted” for change by the client and therapist in individual therapy sessions, prioritizing self-harm or suicidal ideation as our top targets. Clients work with their therapists to apply the skills they’ve learned in real-life situations.

PHASE 4: Advanced Problem-Solving

The final phase involves addressing deeper issues, improving the quality of life, and working toward long-term goals. Clients continue to apply their skills and develop a life worth living.

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what you can expect

Comprehensive DBT usually lasts about a year, split into different phases. While early progress is promising, long-term improvement needs continued practice. Some people go through DBT multiple times to really nail down their skills and tackle different issues. Positive shifts can start within months, but the most impactful changes take longer. The real magic of DBT? Using the skills consistently and building resilience. Staying patient and dedicated is crucial for lasting, powerful results.

Some of the results you may notice:

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frequently asked questions

questions about adherent comprehensive DBT therapy

Comprehensive DBT is like a full-package deal in the world of therapies. It’s not just about chatting one-on-one; it includes group lessons, the perk of calling for guidance when things get tough, and a supportive team always brainstorming on how to help you best. Unlike some therapies that focus on just talking, DBT gives you practical tools to handle strong feelings, get along better with others, and find calm in the chaos.

Both Comprehensive DBT and DBT-informed care are like cousins – they come from the same DBT family, but they have different personalities and ways of doing things.

  • The Whole Package vs. Bits and Pieces:
    • Comprehensive DBT is like signing up for a full-course meal. You get one-on-one chats, group lessons, a helpline for when things get tricky, and a team always thinking about how to support your journey. It’s a set plan that follows the original recipe created by Dr. Marsha Linehan.
    • DBT-informed care is more like a pick-and-mix. It uses some of the DBT tools and ideas, but it might not have all the pieces that Comprehensive DBT offers. It’s a bit more laid-back in its approach.
  • Sticking to the Script: Comprehensive DBT is like following a trusted recipe to the T. It sticks closely to the original method, ensuring all the parts are in place and work seamlessly. On the flip side, DBT-informed care uses the same ingredients (or DBT techniques) but might mix them up in a more freestyle way.
  • Who’s it For?:
    • Comprehensive DBT is usually for folks who need a bit more support, especially those dealing with strong emotional ups and downs, like with borderline personality disorder.
    • DBT-informed care is more flexible. It’s for anyone who feels some DBT tools might help but doesn’t need the whole shebang.

In a nutshell, while they both share the same roots, Comprehensive DBT is a full-on, structured program, and DBT-informed care is a more go-with-the-flow style using the best bits of DBT to suit specific needs.

Not at all! Even though DBT started as a treatment for BPD, it’s grown way beyond that. The skills and strategies learned can benefit people dealing with a range of emotional challenges, including depression, anxiety, and impulsive behaviors. So in essence, it’s for anyone who feels they could use some solid skills to tackle life’s curveballs.

Think of DBT as your personal emotion coach. It gives you hands-on techniques to understand and navigate those emotional roller coasters. You’ll learn practical tools to manage intense emotions, recognize triggers, and implement healthy coping mechanisms. The goal? Feeling more in control and at peace with your emotions.

Absolutely! With DBT, it’s like attending a masterclass in relationships. You’ll get tips and tricks for talking clearly, drawing boundaries without guilt, and sorting out disagreements without burning bridges. It’s all about making your interactions smoother and taking the drama out of relationships

Yes, active participation outside of therapy sessions is essential for getting the most out of DBT. Practicing the skills learned in sessions, along with completion of homework assignments on a weekly basis, is part of the program. Applying skills in real-life situations helps reinforce their effectiveness and empowers you to manage emotions, relationships, and distress more effectively. Consistent practice ensures that you’re building a strong foundation for lasting change and personal growth.

Who We Are

why work with daisy + co. therapy

We are ready to help you heal and we have what it takes to get you there. Our therapists are:

Radically Genuine

We are real people who do not take ourselves too seriously but also do not ignore the obvious need to provide qualified help to the kids, teens, and adults who want to build a connection that heals.


We believe that play and exploration, even (especially) as adults, is an essential part of reconnecting to ourselves and our individual truths. Being open minded allows for growth in ways we never dreamed.


We get to know our clients through a genuine curiosity to understand them better and connect with them on their level. By asking the right questions, we can uncover answers that help you better understand yourself and the world around you. 

Contact Us

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If you’re looking for an appointment, to get matched with a great fit therapist, or to schedule a free consultation with Daisy + Co. Therapy, reach out! You can submit an inquiry via our contact form, call or text us, or use the buttons below to book directly online.


Currently, Daisy + Co. Therapy does NOT have any therapists who accept insurance as payment for sessions. The one exception to this is for folks with Lyra Health benefits through their employer. Click the icon below for more information.

As an out-of-network provider, we've partnered with Mentaya to simplify reimbursement for your therapy sessions if you have insurance coverage that is eligible for this benefit.

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