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Eastside DBT NYC

We're here to help.
New York City


We are a private practice founded by Dena Agapion and Susan Cappi. All members of our team have intensive or foundational training from Behavioral Tech in DBT, however we tailor treatment to an individual’s needs. We are able to integrate CBT, trauma work, mindfulness, and other approaches to meet specific needs.

We are a small team that works closely together to help our clients navigate complex issues. If you are struggling to regulate your emotions or change a behavior, reach out for a consultation. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, and comprehensive DBT therapy for adolescents and adults aged 13 and up.

Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in life.  Licensed therapists seeking clinical supervision are also welcome to reach out.  

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our Approach

Every member of our team is trained through Behavioral Tech, the leading trainer in DBT. However, each member of our team also has subspecialties. We work as a team to assess each client and to develop individualized treatment plans. We strive to go above and beyond, working to include partners and families in treatment as well.

DBT was originally developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. However, research has proven that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.


The goal of DBT is to help an individual build a life that they feel is worth living. In DBT, the client and the therapist work together to set goals. It is the collaboration that helps treatment to be meaningful. Usually, this means we work on ways to decrease maladaptive behaviors and replace them with effective, life-enhancing behaviors.  


Comprehensive DBT has five components that work together. These are individual psychotherapy, between-session phone coaching, DBT skills training, case management, and team consultation.  This is different than many other psychotherapies that consist of just one mode of treatment (such as individual therapy). DBT skills training groups meet weekly and cover 4 modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regualtion, and interpersonal skills.


Our objectives are to enhance the client's capabilities, increase motivation, and ensure they generalize the skills through skills coaching. We, as therapists, work as a team to get support in meeting the treatment goals and adherence to the treatment model. 



Learning to see the present as it is. 


Emotion Regulation

Understanding your emotions and having better control over how to express them.


Distress Tolerance

Skills to survive and accept crisis.


Skills to strengthen and build relationships.

Interpersonal Skills
Therapy Sessions

Getting Help

Don't know where to start? Start by reaching out and here's some information on what to expect.


Call or use the contact form to reach out.


A therapist will respond to help you schedule an initial consult with a therapist who best fits your need.


During the first appointment, a therapist will take your history and talk to you about treatment options.


In the first few sessions, we expect a client to think about their goals and the commitment treatment requires.


Once there is a commitment, the therapist and client will work together to meet treatment goals.



59 East 54th St

Suite 84

New York, NY 10022


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