Finding Balance: Regulating Emotions with DBT

Building mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal conflict-resolution skills can help people cope with sudden, intense surges of emotion and help individuals and families maintain positive relationships and safety. Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective therapeutic model that helps people manage intense emotions and behaviors that interfere with quality of life. Join NAMI Central Texas and Penny Kruger, LCSW-Supervisor and Director at Austin DBT Associates, as we learn about DBT, how it works, who might benefit, and how to "shop" for a provider.

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Penny Kruger, M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W.

DBT Associates

Penny Kruger, M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W. completed her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She is originally from New Orleans. She has been practicing clinical social work for over 25 years at all levels of clinical care. She has worked with a variety of clinical populations, including eating disorders, sexual trauma and sexual compulsivity, domestic violence offender treatment, and specializes in treating personality disorders. Penny was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, including Radically Open DBT. She started the first DBT Intensive Outpatient Program in Austin, Texas at Seton Behavioral Health. She is currently the Clinical Lead of the DBT IOP at Seton Behavioral Health where she has trained and supervised many of the current practicing DBT clinicians in the Austin area. She has a private practice with DBT Associates of Austin where she focuses on working with adults, couples and families. She currently provides training and supervision for clinicians and agencies, who are learning how to apply DBT treatment. She has provided training/education about DBT to the UT School of Social Work, UT Dell Medical School Psychiatric Residency Program, Cedar Crest Hospital, Communities in Schools, AISD school counselors, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, Greater Austin Social Workers, University Recovery High School, Austin Child Guidance Center, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Austin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and private practices throughout Central Texas. Penny is currently the Director of Austin DBT Associates, so that she can continue her mission of bringing effective treatment to those who may not have access to DBT treatment. She has been living in Austin with her family for the past 20 years.

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