DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

DBT-Linehan Board of Certification,

Certified DBT Program™

Certified DBT ClinicianDBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) is a proven treatment for suicidal and self-harming adolescents, borderline personality disorder, and individuals who have multiple, complicated and serious mental health conditions. Capital Youth Services practitioners have in-depth training and significant experience offering this specialized service. The DBT program at Rathbone & Associates is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Program™.

We provide:

DBT for young adults

DBT-A for adolescents

DBT-C for children 9 and up

Fidelity and adherence matter. Buyer beware! There is only one DBT. Standalone skills training is not DBT. DBT “informed” therapy is not DBT. Integrating DBT techniques into other therapies is not DBT. When outcomes matter and symptoms are serious, don’t be misled. Be an educated mental health consumer and insist on a comprehensive DBT done right.

Capital Youth Services offers fully comprehensive DBT as it was designed to be delivered–with all 5 modes: specialized individual therapy, DBT skills group, out-of-session telephone coaching, consultation to the environment, and consultation team. Capital Youth Services has the largest number of Certified DBT Linehan Board of Certification individual DBT therapists of any program in the mid-Atlantic, and we are the only certified DBT program that works with adolescents within a 200 mile radius of Washington, DC.

Our DBT program has been examined and certified by DBT experts. Our certified clinicians have had clinical session tapes reviewed and approved by national DBT experts. The DBT program prioritizes ongoing clinician training, clinician adherence to the treatment manual, and program fidelity. We go the extra mile with accountability, clinician skill development, and focus on outcomes.

Team founder Britt Rathbone is a DBT expert, conducting trainings for providers locally and nationally on the treatment and overseeing an expert in-house treatment team. He is among the first therapists in the world and was the first therapist in the metropolitan DC area to be certified by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification as a Certified DBT Clinician. This is the only certification approved by the treatment creator and is the gold standard for DBT competency. Other certifications are obtainable solely by attestation and without the rigorous examination, review of clinical competence and expert review of videotaped sessions required by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.

Mr. Rathbone is the coauthor of DBT With At-Risk Adolescents: A Practitioners Guide to Treating Challenging Behavior Problems (New Harbinger, 2014) and Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional and Behavioral Challenges. Rathbone is a founding member of the Metropolitan Washington DC DBT Consortium.

Additional information about DBT can be found here.

Therapists on the Capital Youth Services DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Program™ team:

Samantha Ascanio, LCSW-C, (DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified DBT Clinician) DBT Program Director and Team Leader

Jeannette Campbell Bjorklund, LCSW-C (DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified DBT Clinician)

Natalie Collins, LMSW

Kelsey Homonai, LCSW-C

Phyllis Pomerantz, LCSW-C

Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C (DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified DBT Clinician)

Leah Wolf, LCSW-C

Samantha Steinberg, LCSW-C

Brooke Senior, LCSW-C


4701 Sangamore Road #210N
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
Tel: 301-229-9490

5942 Hubbard Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Tel: 301-230-9490

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