from Deborah Spiegel:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy ​Skills 

My name is Deborah Spiegel.  I’m a DBT informed music therapist.  I first was introduced to DBT in 2001 when I started working at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.  I was the music therapist on the treatment team of the adolescent unit, which was a DBT milieu.  Marsha Linehan’s DBT organization provided training for our team.  So in addition to being the music therapist I was also a DBT skills group leader on the unit for almost 12 years.  


In my skills groups I found myself teaching DBT skills through music, and in my music therapy groups I was always teaching and reinforcing DBT skills with whatever intervention I had planned.  


When I first started working there I wished that there was a how to book on DBT and music therapy, so after developing my own system for so many years I decided to share what had evolved for me  in integrating DBT and music therapy by writing a book called Music Activities and More for Teaching DBT Skills and Enhancing any Therapy. I recorded a CD of some songs that I wrote to meet my patients where they are and lead them to skills for change,  many of which I will share with you here in the course of our time together, and I created dbtmusic.com..


In 2011, I became  a continuing education provider with the Certification Board for Music Therapy and traveled around the country teaching a live workshop on DBT and Music Therapy.   In Feb of 2012 I did my first  online version of that workshop, which led to me now being the CEO and director of The Spiegel Academy, where a team of professionals offer online continuing education classes on a huge variety of topics, including DBT, that are full of new ideas and strategies..


I’m so passionate about the benefits I have seen over the years of integrating music therapy and DBT, that I searched out a group of people,  to add to the body of research on the value of teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy  skills through music therapy. More research is now being done!


​Sessions available  in Paonia, Colorado 
719-225-4004

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT®) is a cutting edge therapy model created by Dr. Marsha Linehan.   DBT is well known in mental health settings, and has expanded to be used in schools, prisons, addiction centers, and more.  DBT skills are effective for a variety of reasons and are useful to anyone.



DBT Skills are taught in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT utilizes a balance of acceptance and change.   



​The use of music therapy interventions to help teach and reinforce DBT skills has started to grow a research base.  ​Reinforcing the skills for mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness through music therapy can support youth who are involved in a DBT program as well as those who are not.  DBT skills are useful in our own lives as well!  

​Call today:  719-225-4004

Being a DBT informed music therapist, Deborah Spiegel MT-BC, CCHt can add a new dimension to the way young people learn, practice, and remember DBT skills.



 Even if you are not part of a DBT treatment program, integrating DBT skills into your life can provide effective tools for mindful living, coping with stress, interpersonal interactions, and emotion regulation strategies.



Deborah Spiegel is known in the music therapy and psychotherapy communities for being a DBT informed music therapist. She is author of the book, "Music Activities & More for Teaching DBT Skills and Enhancing Any Therapy: Even for the Non-Musician" (Authorhouse 2010). Deborah is also a songwriter, Board Certified Music Therapist, and provider of continuing education classes approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapy.   Deborah trains professionals in DBT informed music therapy through The Spiegel Academy.