Specialty Programs

Comprehensive DBT Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that is highly effective for conditions involving emotional or behavioral dysregulation. It has become the standard of care for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and can be instrumental in the treatment of many other conditions, including addictive disorders, depression, trauma-related disorders, and eating disorders.

DBT helps patients achieve stability and build resilience through the development of the skills necessary to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and communicate effectively.

Comprehensive DBT is the highest quality form of DBT in which all of the clinicians have received specialized, intensive training and the program itself adheres to specific methods and protocols that ensure the integrity of the model.

While DBT has become widely available, most programs and therapists offering DBT provide “DBT informed” therapy rather than true, evidence-based Comprehensive DBT.

Camden Center is proud to offer Comprehensive DBT provided by highly trained DBT clinicians with years of experience in this treatment. 

Expertise in Comprehensive DBT

In addition to having built one of the nation’s most experienced Comprehensive DBT teams, Camden Center has also played a significant role in the promotion of quality DBT within the field, having provided multiple intensive DBT training workshops in partnership with Behavioral Tech, the organization founded by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

These multi-day intensive training workshops have helped other treatment centers and therapist groups from around the world learn how to provide evidence-based, Comprehensive DBT.

Camden Center is also one of the only treatment centers in the country that provides Comprehensive DBT in addition to other forms of treatment, including medical, somatic, and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities.

Normally, centers that offer Comprehensive DBT do not offer other types of treatment; however, at Camden Center, patients at all levels of care have access to both high-quality Comprehensive DBT as well as many other therapeutic modalities.

This can be particularly useful for patients with trauma-related conditions who often benefit from DBT for stabilization prior to initiating other forms of trauma therapy. 

DBT SKILLS

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a skills-based therapeutic approach that teaches patients strategies and skills for creating and maintaining an improved quality of life.

DBT uses four modules to help patients master skills in the following areas: 

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness

In addition to these core elements, patients in Camden Center’s Comprehensive DBT Program will typically also have other components included in their personalized treatment plan, including psychiatry, primary medical care, integrative medicine, yoga, reintegration therapy, therapeutic massage, and nutritional work with a dietician. 

DBT can be a highly effective tool in stabilizing and empowering patients, providing a concrete, powerful foundation for meaningful change and long-lasting recovery.

ABOUT CAMDEN CENTER’S COMPREHENSIVE DBT PROGRAM

Camden Center’s Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program is an interactive, experiential, and intensive program that was created to help patients build resilience and become skilled at managing their emotions, behaviors, and relationships with others.

The skills developed through DBT are useful for anyone, but can be lifesaving for individuals suffering from the overwhelming distress associated with many mental health and addictive disorders.

For this reason, many Camden Center patients participate in our Comprehensive DBT Program, particularly at the beginning of treatment when symptoms are most acute.

The stability and resilience gained from Comprehensive DBT then often serves as a foundation for subsequent work at Camden Center using other psychotherapeutic modalities. 

Find out more about Camden Center’s Comprehensive DBT Program in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area by calling our admissions department or contacting us online today.

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Diane DeMartino
MSW, LCSW
Co-Clinical Director, Chief of the DBT Program
Diane DeMartino
MSW, LCSW
Co-Clinical Director, Chief of the DBT Program
Degrees
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Diane DeMartino, MSW, LCSW, earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California after a career in broadcast journalism and television production in New York and Los Angeles.

After completing her post-graduate studies, she received extensive training and supervision at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. There, she worked with multidisciplinary teams and specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as other evidence-based treatments.

Diane is intensively trained in CBT, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. She is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy both as a practitioner and supervisor.  

Diane’s clinical work focuses on treating patients with complex presenting problems, personality disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She also provides consultation and supervision to other clinicians.

At Camden Center, Diane is chief of the DBT Division and oversees the Los Angeles Comprehensive DBT Program. She also provides individual DBT, leads DBT skills groups, and serves as a primary therapist to patients.





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Sanno Zack
PhD
Regional Director of the Comprehensive DBT Program
Sanno Zack
PhD
Regional Director of the Comprehensive DBT Program
Degrees
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Sanno Zack, PhD, received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, where she trained in both adult and child and adolescent psychology.  

Dr. Zack completed an internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in California.  

She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech and completed advanced DBT training with Marsha Linehan.

Dr. Zack directs the Stanford adult DBT team and consults to DBT and trauma-focused programs and practitioners in the community.

She is an Emory University peer-certified Prolonged Exposure (PE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) consultant. She also supervises trainees in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), DBT PE, and DBT PTSD for trauma.  

At Camden Center, Dr. Zack leads the comprehensive DBT team in Menlo Park and helps guide program development, teaching, and training.

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Natalie Sheckter
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Natalie Sheckter
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Degrees
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Natalie Sheckter, LCSW, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a passion for helping her patients achieve their goals and enhance their well-being. Natalie earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

During graduate school, Natalie trained at the UCLA Resnick Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, UCLA Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic, and Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She treated adults and adolescents in individual and group psychotherapy.

Natalie previously worked at Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Torrance, California. Her clinical work has focused on treating co-occurring psychiatric, medical, and addictive disorders.

Natalie is intensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Natalie is certified in CBT by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has extensive experience leading process groups for adults experiencing psychosis.  

At Camden Center, Natalie provides individual psychotherapy and facilitates DBT and CBT groups.

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Danielle Kayne-O'Gilvie
LMFT
Clinical Team Lead, Staff Therapist
Danielle Kayne-O'Gilvie
LMFT
Clinical Team Lead, Staff Therapist
Degrees
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Danielle Kayne-O’Gilvie, LMFT, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

She is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She has provided clinical supervision to master’s-level clinicians working toward licensure.

Danielle has more than a decade of experience in a variety of settings, including non-profit and Los Angeles County outpatient clinics, serving children, adults, and families.

She has clinical experience treating patients with varying mental health disorders, including trauma, anxiety, mood disorders such as Bipolar Disorder and depression, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.

At Camden Center, Danielle facilitates DBT skills groups and provides comprehensive individual DBT to patients.

She is also a clinical team lead at the Los Angeles location. In that role, she assists patients, their families, and providers in the coordination of communication and support for optimal treatment outcomes through quality, client-centered, and comprehensive care services.

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Tahleen Varian
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Tahleen Varian
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Degrees
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Tahleen Varian, LCSW, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with Magna Cum Laude honors, from Manhattan College in New York, where she received an NCAA Division I volleyball scholarship.

She earned her Master of Social Work at University of Southern California (USC), where she was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and a Dean’s Scholar.

Tahleen is the DBT clinical lead for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, providing training and supervision to DBT clinicians and teams across the county.

Tahleen extensively trained in second- and third-wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-based treatment modalities at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.

She is also certified as a diplomat and CBT therapist through the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.

At Camden Center, Tahleen provides individual and group services to clients in the Comprehensive DBT program.

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Kristen Lisson
PsyD
Staff Psychologist
Kristen Lisson
PsyD
Staff Psychologist
Degrees
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Kristen Lisson, PsyD, received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and a Doctor of Psychology from the APA-accredited Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Dr. Lisson is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Attachment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (AF-EMDR).

Dr. Lisson served as chief extern in the University of California, Los Angeles Anxiety Disorders Program. Her research on effective mindfulness-based treatment earned her the award for Outstanding Dissertation in her graduating class.

She completed an APA-accredited internship at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, where she treated individuals with life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Lisson completed a fellowship at CBT California/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, where she was trained in severe emotion dysregulation by leading experts in DBT.

At Camden Center, Dr. Lisson provides comprehensive DBT and a range of individual evidence-based treatment, including CBT, ERP, and ACT.

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J. Alexis Ortiz
PhD
Staff Psychologist
J. Alexis Ortiz
PhD
Staff Psychologist
Degrees
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J. Alexis Ortiz, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Michigan and both her Master of Arts in Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from University of New Mexico.

She completed her clinical psychology internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

Dr. Ortiz holds a clinical assistant professor faculty position and is an attending psychologist at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she serves on the adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team.

Dr. Ortiz also has a small private practice in San Francisco. Her clinical work focuses on treating co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders, emotion dysregulation, substance use, and mood and anxiety disorders.

At Camden Center, Dr. Ortiz is a program therapist and serves on the comprehensive DBT team. She leads DBT mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups, and provides individual DBT, ACT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and addiction-focused therapy.

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Jasmine Dobbs-Marsh
PsyD
Staff Psychologist
Jasmine Dobbs-Marsh
PsyD
Staff Psychologist
Degrees
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Jasmine Dobbs-Marsh, PsyD, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science, with university distinction, from Stanford University in California. She earned her Doctor of Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium at Palo Alto University in California.

Dr. Dobbs-Marsh completed her doctoral internship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Counseling and Psychological Services and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

She is a clinical instructor within the Stanford University Psychiatry Department, and a staff psychologist in the Stanford Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinic.

Dr. Dobbs-Marsh's clinical work focuses on the treatment of complex trauma and personality and identity concerns. She also specializes in working with couples and within gender diverse communities.

At Camden Center, Dr. Dobbs-Marsh provides psychotherapy services to patients within the Comprehensive DBT Program.

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Molly Walsh
PhD
Staff Psychologist
Molly Walsh
PhD
Staff Psychologist
Degrees
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Molly Walsh, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Walsh completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Psychosocial Treatment Clinic and Bipolar Disorders Clinic in California.

Her fellowship included training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for adults. She also co-led a DBT group for adults with bipolar disorders.

Dr. Walsh’s work is collaborative and present focused, centering on helping patients learn skills to make changes in their daily lives. She helps patients overcome problems related to mood disorders, substance use, emotion dysregulation, anxiety disorders, stress management, and insomnia.

At Camden Center, Dr. Walsh leads DBT skills groups as part of the comprehensive DBT team. She also provides individual therapy, incorporating techniques from DBT, CBT, ACT, CBT for insomnia, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

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Charlotte Wickham
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Charlotte Wickham
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Degrees
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Charlotte Wickham, LCSW, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and her Master of Social Work from University of California, Los Angeles. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™.

Charlotte has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy.

She has clinical experience in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings, including at Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Program in Torrance, California, and the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research.

Charlotte helped develop a DBT day treatment program at a treatment center in Los Angeles, and has provided clinical supervision to master’s-level clinicians working toward licensure.

At Camden Center, Charlotte facilitates DBT skills groups and provides comprehensive individual DBT to patients.

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Kate Roahrig
LMFT
Staff Therapist
Kate Roahrig
LMFT
Staff Therapist
Degrees
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Kate Roahrig, LMFT, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™.

Kate has clinical experience in residential, outpatient, and in-home treatment settings working with patients struggling with emotional, mood, psychotic, and personality disorders.

She also worked as a therapist, group facilitator, and family program facilitator at a comprehensive DBT treatment program in Los Angeles.

Kate previously worked with Dr. John Briere, PhD, and Dr. Randye Semple, PhD, studying the genetics of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in patients admitted to the trauma units at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.

Kate is an adjunct professor in the master’s program at Pepperdine.

At Camden Center, Kate facilitates DBT skills groups and provides comprehensive individual DBT to patients.

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Courtney Kent
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Courtney Kent
LCSW
Staff Therapist
Degrees
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Courtney Kent, LCSW, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and her Master of Social Welfare from University of California, Los Angeles. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™.

Courtney is extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seeking Safety, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). Her clinical work has focused on utilizing these evidence-based practices in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings.

Courtney has provided clinical supervision to master’s-level clinicians working toward licensure.

At Camden Center, Courtney facilitates DBT skills groups and provides comprehensive individual DBT to patients.

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