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 through graduation.  

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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



12:30pm -2:30pm

Therapist: Dr. Alicia Smart


10:00am - 12:00pm

Therapist: Dave Fish                 

Teen Group


4:30pm - 6:00pm

Therapist: Julie Miknis     Co Leader: Briana Aitkenhead


5:00pm - 6:30pm

Therapist: Laurie Margaritonda


Parenting Groups

Mindfulness for Moms (with teens and young adults)

Tuesdays, beginning September 11-October 30

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Therapist: Shelley Richardson

Meet Our Clinical Director


Alicia Smart, PsyD (PSY 24516) DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™  

Dr. Alicia Smart has over 14 years of experience working with a wide range of individuals, ranging from older adults to adolescent clients. She specializes in working with personality disorders, depression, grief/loss, anxiety, relationship difficulties, impulsivity, and anger management. .... Read more

Our Therapists

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

Julie Miknis, MFT (MFC 88523) Adolescent Program Director

"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

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)

"I am a Marriage and Family Therapist intensively trained in DBT, specializing in working with adults, couples and families. I have 10 years of experience running teen, adult and parent DBT groups.  I am a level III Gottman trained couples therapist. In my work I incorporate a psychodynamic approach with mindfulness, DBT, and CBT techniques. I am also trained in EMDR an effective trauma based treatment useful in working with individuals with trauma, anxiety and phobias."  .... Read more

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


Laurie Margaritonda, PsyD, Psych Assistant (PSB94022172)

Laurie has over six years experience working with clients on an array of life issues.  She received 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 ... Read more

Briana Aitkenhead, Associate MFT (IMF29746)

Briana is a Canadian psychotherapist and has been working toward her California license since 2014. Briana graduated from Ottawa University with a master’s degree in Counseling and Spirituality in 2013. Briana completed her undergraduate degree with honors in Psychology from Carleton University, Canada's Capital University in...Read more

Lori Lavinthal MA, LMFT (MFC39904)

Lori Lavinthal MA, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, providing DBT, and psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families, and couples. She has 20 years of experience working in mental health and specializes in treating Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Interpersonal Problems…..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


  Mindful Meditations

Mindful Meditations

        Client Forms

      Client Forms

  Online Resources

Online Resources

  Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

  In/Out Patient Programs

In/Out Patient Programs

  Community Resources

Community Resources


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

F 415-906-3260.


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