We practice an evidence-based therapy for individuals and families

DBT is the fastest growing therapeutic approach for a range of diagnoses. Unlike traditional therapies, it's skills based so you can track your progress and ultimately graduate.  

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Our team of therapists have been trained by Behavioral Tech, the institute that founded the Dialectical Behavior Therapy approach. In addition, our team has been trained in related therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. On average our therapists have over ten years of work experience and the DBT Center of Marin has been serving the Bay Area since 2000. 

Therapy Services

  •  Individual & Comprehensive DBT Therapy 
  • Short- and Long-term Psychotherapy for Depression, Anxiety, Life Stressors 
  • Adolescent, Couples & Family Psychotherapy 
  • Consultation and Counseling for Parents 
  • Training & Consultation for Professionals and Organizations 

Group Skills Programs

Adult Group


6:30pm -8:30pm

Therapist: Nancie Jordan               Co Leader: Steve Melendy


12:30pm -2:30pm

Therapist: Dr.Alicia Smart            Co Leader: Steve Melendy


 6:30pm  - 8:30pm
Therapist: Michael Vurek                  Co Leader: Julie Miknis


10:00am - 12:00pm

Therapist: Dave Fish

Teen Group


4:30pm - 6:00pm

Therapist: Julie Miknis           









Parent Group


 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Therapist: Shelley Richardson       Co Leader: Nancie Jordan

Family Support Group

First Tuesday of the Month

7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Therapist: DBT Center Staff

Meet Our Clinical Director

Dr. Alicia L. Smart, PsyD (PSY 24516) Clinical Director and Psychologist  

Dr. Alicia Smart has experience working with a wide range of individuals, ranging from older adults to adolescent clients. She specializes in working with older adults, depression, grief/loss, anxiety, relationship difficulties, impulsivity, and anger management. .... Read more

Our Therapists

David Fish, MFT (MFC 52449) 

“There’s a theme that runs through the various kinds of work I do with clients:  Compassionate, Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. You are more than the web of thoughts and feelings that ensnare you.  By turning towards your present experience, using a supportive therapeutic relationship, and experimenting with new learning, you  can discover more fulfilling ways of living." ... Read more

Michael Vurek, LCSW (LCS 12882)

Michael a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who uses various forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with individuals and groups for adults who are experiencing difficulties living their lives with strong emotions or anxiety.  His clients may have diagnoses of depression, bipolar disorder, various anxiety disorders, as well as borderline or other personality disorders.  The approaches he uses are supported by basic behavioral science and are focused on increasing psychological flexibility and values-based actions  .... Read more

Nancie Jordan, MFT (MFC 48481)

Nancie is the Co Director of Southern Marin Services, a non profit counseling agency in Sausalito affiliated with Family Service Agency.  She has a private practice and sees clients in both San Francisco and San Rafael.  Her specialties include working with couples with relationship issues, intimacy issues, couples considering divorce, couples with parenting issues, and co-parenting issues. She has been running DBT groups for eight years  .... Read more


Julie Miknis, MFT (MFC 88523) 

As a Marriage Family Therapist, I am committed to providing a safe and hope-filled space for my clients to explore their experiences and move towards healing and transformation.  In a confidential, caring, and supportive environment, my goal as a therapist is to help clients work through the struggles they face that hold them back from living a life of happiness, purpose, and meaning  .... Read more

Shelley Richardson, MFT (MFC 48073)

Marriage and family therapist, specializing in DBT, EMDR trauma, grief, addiction and couples (including high-conflict couples using DBT).

"I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are looking for ways to heal from past hurts, create lives worth living, or deal with anxiety, stress, and life transitions.  Approaching each client from a place of acceptance, my style varies depending on your needs - from listening and supporting you to asking tough questions or providing more direction ... Read more


Steve Melendy, PsyD, Psych Assistant (PSB 94020158)

“I believe that your history, personality, and life circumstances are entirely unique and deserve a singular respect, focus, and therapeutic plan. You have the right to be approached without judgment and with warmth, compassion, understanding, and openness.”  .... Read more


Jane Farley, MFT (MFC 46468)

Jane is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), Training Consultant and Expressive Artist with over fourteen years of experience working with children, teens, adults and families in agencies and private practice settings.

Jane is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) Gestalt and Jungian Expressive Art & Play Therapy and Family Systems. ... Read more

Laurie Margaritonda, PsyD, Psych Assistant (PSB94022172)

Laurie has over six years experience working with clients on an array of life issues.  She recieved her masters in clinical social work from Rutgers University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her pre-doctoral training was completed with the community Center for Health and Wellness in Palo Alto where she worked with a wide range of individuals.  Her clinical orientation is towards whole person treatment, and she engages in an array of modalities depending on the needs of her clients, including mindfulness, DBT, psychodynamic, interpersonal, somatic, and transpersonal ... Read more


"Dr. Smart is a deeply intelligent and compassionate professional and human being. I spent several years as her client and I attribute her with being the beacon which guided me through a very dark time.
Her patient counsel and skillful understanding of DBT has been pivotal in helping me learn, quite simply, how to live; training and practicing distress tolerance and eventually being able to let go of life-long self-destructive behaviors."

-DBT Center of Marin Client 2014

"You folks are great - DBT has changed my life. Just last week, I recommended an acquaintance contact you about DBT."

-DBT Center of Marin Client 2014

"The DBT center of Marin provided a structure and methodology which delivered nothing short of a miracle. They quite possibly saved my daughters life. They provided tools for my daughter, my ex, and myself to accept, communicate, and heal. We now have our lives back and our daughter is happy and thriving again. A big thank you to David, Alicia, Shelly and the entire team!"

-DBT Center of Marin Client 2014


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Recommended Reading

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In/Out Patient Programs

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We look forward to hearing from you.

DBT Psychology Center of Marin, PC

DBT Center of Marin
895 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960


T 415-459-5206

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