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
Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions
Guidance and support for parents of adolescents and young adults
Available in December, 2015
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 for
** and follow the link.

To see and hear Pat talk about DBT skills and parenting adolescents and young adults on  
YouTube, click on the link below:
Therapy Talk
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