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The DBT Connection












A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program


Individual and Group Therapy



Group takes place every

Thursday Night from

6pm to 7:30pm

$30 per group or $100 per month


 Individual therapy can be

scheduled online. 

"Believe in Healing"


Manage Emotions

Experience Support

Create Stability  

Enrich Relationships

Find Success



Adult males and females experiencing intense emotions and stress, who are looking for tools to help improve their life, are welcome to join this DBT program. It consists of a 16-week course that will review the 4 DBT skill modules. These modules include topics on mindfulness, relationship improvement, emotion regulation, and crisis management.



 Our DBT Program


The DBT Connection is a group of independent therapists who are working together to provide many of the services of an agency but in a private practice setting. This program is built to be flexible but largely uniform. This program is designed to provide individual and group therapy at variable levels of intensity based on the needs presented.


Generally, the program is geared towards providing individual therapy at minimum 1x a month and group therapy weekly. The intensity can be extended to having multiple Individual Therapy multiple sessions a week and group 1 to 2x a week. 


 Individual Sessions: Can be scheduled with any of the therapists found under the therapist tab. Individual sessions can be scheduled from 50 min to 90 min depending on treatment and therapist recommendations.


Group is generally scheduled 1x a week for 90 min. Group locations and times will be updated at www/




Head facilitator: Phi Alpha Graduate of Arizona State University's Master of Social Work Program. Specializes in Trauma, Depression, Abuse, Frequent Dysregulation of Emotions, and Stress. Ben received his Bachelor’s Degree from BYU in Psychology.

Ben has advanced intensive training in DBT from an agency in the valley. He completed a 2 year training including running multiple DBT skills  groups weekly and seeing on average 10 individual DBT clients weekly. This program was focused on mirroring Marsha Linehan's full comprehensive outpatient program and trainings.


 Currently in his practice of therapy, he uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. He uses these therapeutic modalities to treat Anxiety Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Frequent Mood Fluctuation, and Relationship Conflict.


He is currently working in private practice and owns The Act of Healing: a therapeutic business model created to provide holistic support to those that seek therapeutic treatment. He also is a Professor at ASU teaching stress management and other clinical psychotherapy courses in the Integrative Health Initiative within the Social Work Department. 

The Facilitators


Ben DeJesus, LCSW

Brett graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s in Social Work in 2011. Brett (as seen in the picture) is a proud Sun Devil! He continues his association with ASU as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work. Brett teaches both bachelors and master level courses and enjoys working with students in helping them become competent social workers.


In 2015, Brett earned his license as a LMSW (licensed Master Social Worker) and worked as a mental health counselor for Marc Community Resources. Brett worked with individuals to help resolve issues with depression, anxiety, past trauma, PTSD and high stress. He is trained in several different counseling modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.


Brett currently uses his training in trauma and PTSD in working with crime victims as a Victims Advocate for Arizona Voice for Crime Victims. He has a special talent in helping those who have been through difficult situations find the strength to continue and to thrive.

 In 2016, in partnership with and under the supervision of The Act of Healing. Brett began to see clients in a private practice setting. He is excited about this new adventure and looks forward to bringing his skills, talents and experience to assist those who are wanting to better their lives.

Brett Petersen, LMSW