Allenger Dialetic Therapies





Before starting Allenger Dialectic Therapies, my work history included being a mental health clinical director in a rural Washington community behavioral health center. I have over 23 years of experience in community mental health.

My job duties have been diverse-- engagement with clients and allied professionals, development of effective service delivery, implementation of evidence-based practice- DBT, RO-DBT skills class and individual therapy, supervision of clinicians, diagnosis and assessment, and crisis work/involuntary commitment investigations.

I attended my first DBT training in 2000, and found this model that resonated with me.

I have attended trainings with Marsha Linehan and other faculty from the Behavioral Tech Institute. This model was originally developed to treat individuals that struggled with chronically suicidal and self-harming behaviors. Over time research has shown that it is also effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

I have facilitated DBT skills training groups, worked with clients individually, and had regular peer consultation regarding this model.

I became interested in RO-DBT and the idea of over-control being a related but separate struggle, I noticed that in skills training groups there would regularly be a small number of people that were referred to the group that benefited from learning the skills, but did not seem to struggle with impulsive behaviors and were more rigid in their thinking.

Thomas Lynch’s research helped me to better understand and serve clients with over control issues more effectively.

I gained skills with RO-DBT by completing RO-DBT intensive training in 2014 with Thomas Lynch.

I have been providing individual and group skills class since that time in a community behavioral health outpatient practice.

I use a range of treatment methodologies including Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). I enjoy working with people holistically, incorporating neurobiology into therapy. I work with individuals and facilitate RO-DBT skills groups.

RO-DBT treats overcontrolled disorders like:

  • chronic depression
  • chronic anxiety,
  • autism spectrum disorders,
  • anorexia
  • personality disorders such as avoidant, paranoid, and obsessive compulsive.

I have regular consultation with other clinicians that have also been trained in RO-DBT.

I have 18 years of experience providing individual and group supervision. I am licensed in both Washington & Idaho and meet the State statutes to provide supervision toward licensure for MSWs. Supervision conducted via HIPAA compliant zoom platform.

I also have delivered training for the staff I supervised, the community and other treatment providers. Interested in learning more about implementing DBT, RO-DBT, ACES & Resilience topics into your practice or organization? Contact me with further details about your request.

If you do not find a time that works for your schedule, please contact me and let me know what time slots you best meet your needs .

If you would like to explore working together, contact me for a 30 min free consultation.

For Idaho and Washington residents

Conducted on HIPAA Compliant teletherapy platform

50 min session- $150


Individual Teletherapy; Intake Teletherapy; Group Teletherapy


PO Box 8391, Moscow, ID 83843


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