Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical
Rockville, Maryland
"Marsha Linehan developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help people whose inability to manage
emotions affects their ability to regulate the resulting behaviors.  In 2001, I (Pat Harvey) began to teach
DBT skills to the parents of adolescents and young adults living in DBT residential group homes....(in that
group) I learned about the overwhelming emotions parents feel when their children suffer from emotion the parents learned skills to help their children, it became clear that these skills were
helping them manage many aspects of their own very difficult lives as well....
" (from Parenting  a Child
Who Has Intense Emotions)
Awareness and Acceptance, in this moment and without judgment, of "what is,"
enables you to recognize opportunities and possibilities for the future. Likewise,
accepting someone you love, in this moment and without judgment, no matter
how difficult life with him/her is, will enable change and growth and allows the
future to be different.
If you are the parent, sibling, caregiver, or spouse of
someone who has emotion dysregulation/mental illness, you can learn
DBT skills
and strategies from Pat Harvey, who is passionate about  how DBT
can be helpful
to us all.   These skills have changed her life, personally and professionally, and
she has developed a supportive and validating way to help family members of
loved ones who have emotion dysregulation.
If you are a client looking for direct DBT services, please contact Pat's colleagues
at the
Metro DBT Consortium
For more information about " Dialectical
Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents: A
Practitioner's Guide to Treating Challenging
Behavior Problems"  co-authored by Britt
Rathbone...Go to
DBT for At-Risk Adolescents.
To watch a video of Pat talking about Validation, go to What is DBT? , scroll down, look
** and follow the link.

* To hear a podcast of Pat's interview with ADAA  in which she talks about  DBT skills
with children, adolescents and parents, follow the link below:
Pat Harvey talks about DBT    
To order Pat's book about siblings, "Hey,
I'm Here Too!" click on the cover of the
book below and order from Amazon