Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can be a life-saving treatment that can benefit everyone . . when people commit to it. At the end of the road, a person who has turmoil and extremes in relationships, finds it difficult to manage emotions and frequently becomes overwhelmed by emotions, can find satisfying relationships and find that life can be worth living much of the time. For some people, it can be challenging to want to keep living. With the daily incorporation of DBT skills, that can change.
For the greatest success of individuals with diagnoses of borderline personality disorder, family involvement is important, and that’s why I also provide opportunities for family members to learn key DBT skills and how to incorporate them into their own lives. My clients have told me that they struggle to use skills when their families attempt to “get them to use skills” by saying, “use your skills.” Sometimes, families can feel misunderstood and at a loss with how to respond when they themselves don’t fully understand the skills that they’re suggesting their loved ones use.
My name is Tracey M. Gagné. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with more than 10 years of experience working with adults in hospitals, residential treatment settings, in the community, and in private practice providing both individual and group therapies.
I am trained and specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and currently provide therapy, coaching, and support for individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, as well as symptoms of depression and anxiety. I also offer individualized and group therapy for the family and loved ones of individuals with borderline personality disorder, so that they may learn DBT skills for themselves and to provide greater support.