- DBTCSD Treatment Team

The DBT Center of San Diego Treatment Team

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center of San Diego (DBTCSD) was founded in 2005 by the foremost authority on DBT in Southern California, Dr. Milton Brown. Dr. Brown was mentored for many years by Dr. Marsha Linehan, founder of DBT, which culminated in them jointly conducting DBT research studies and DBT training. Their collaboration continues to this day.

DBTCSD is the only clinic in San Diego with DBT provided by true experts, as attested to by achieving DBT certification and numerous publications on DBT, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, suicidality, self-injury, shame, self-hatred, and other related issues. Dr. Brown provides 10-day intensive trainings for BehavioralTech, which is the current standard training for DBT clinics.

Milton Z. Brown, Ph.D.
Clinic Director
PSY 20785
Founder of DBTCSD in 2005

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 2002
B.A. in Psychology, Stanford University, 1994

Associate professor at CSPP, Alliant International University

Member - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Professional accomplishments - Dr. Brown received intensive DBT training as a student of Marsha Linehan for 10 years and is currently an associate professor at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, where he trains graduate students in cognitive behavioral therapies, including DBT. He completed his clinical internship at the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, where he was trained at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Brown provides DBT workshops for mental health professionals across the United States. His areas of expertise include personality disorders, suicidality and self-injury, shame and self-hatred, rejection sensitivity, cognitive-behavior therapy, exposure therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.

Personal interests - Milton is an avid cyclist and runner, enjoys sailing, goofy comedies, time travel movies, and genealogy. In 2016 and 2018, he rode his bike from Seattle to Portland in one day.

Amanda Gutierrez, Psy.D.
Senior Psychologist
PSY 23873
DBTCSD staff member since 2010

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific, 2009
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of San Diego, 2004
B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, University of San Diego 2002

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - President, San Diego Chapter
Member - American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Women's Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT)

Professional accomplishments - Dr. Gutierrez received an intensive year long training in DBT and CBT at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She attended an APA accredited internship at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse New York and completed her post-doctoral fellow ship in the COG/DBT IOP at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. She also received intensive training in evidence-based treatments for emotion dysregulation disorders, self-injury, addictive behaviors, contingency management, and post traumatic stress disorder. She has experience treating children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and their families. Dr. Gutierrez serves as the San Diego chapter president on the board of directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, offers professional talks around the San Diego area, and leads in the marketing efforts at the DBTCSD.

Personal interests - Amanda enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her two beloved rescue dogs. In her spare time she lives a pretty healthy lifestyle and has run over 50 half marathons but has no desire to run a full marathon. She enjoys camping, hiking, trying new restaurants and traveling to new places mainly because she loves staying in hotels.

Kristen Dahlin, Ph.D.
Clinic Psychologist
DBTCSD staff member since 2011

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, CSPP, Alliant International University, 2017
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
Recipient of the Fern Miller Memorial Research Scholarship, 2014
Recipient of the F. Joseph McGuigan Research Award, 2017

Member - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Professional accomplishments - Dr. Dahlin graduated with Honors (B.A.) from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She specializes in providing CBT and DBT for adolescents and young adults with severe emotion dysregulation problems, including self-harm, chronic suicidality, eating disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, and severe anxiety disorders. In addition to completing pre-doctoral and post doctoral training at DBTCSD, Dr. Dahlin also previously trained at Vista Balboa Crisis House, Rady Children's Hospital, and completed an APA-accredited internship working with foster youth at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo, CA. Her research interests include trauma, dissociation, and interventions for severe emotion dysregulation. Dr. Dahlin has presented findings at national and international conferences and co-authored several book chapters on trauma treatment. Her dissertation, on dissociation in female trauma survivors, was awarded the Fern Miller Memorial Research Scholarship and the F. Joseph McGuigan Research Award.

Personal interests - Kristen loves spending time hiking and snowboarding in the Sierras, hip-hop dancing, binge-watching documentaries on Netflix, cooking vegetarian food, nourishing her podcast addiction, and spending time with friends and family, including her adopted husky, Balto.

Elizabeth Byrnes, M.A.
Professional Clinical Counselor
DBTCSD staff member since 2019

M.A. in mental health counseling, Brooklyn College, 2015
B.A. in Art Therapy from Lesley University, 2012

Member - California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)

Professional accomplishments - Ms. Byrnes received her M.A. in mental health counseling from Brooklyn College in 2015, and became licensed in New York. Liz had intensive DBT training and supervision from experts at BehavioralTech, including Lucene Wisniewski PhD, world-renowned eating disorder expert, while she worked at New York’s leading eating disorder treatment center in Columbus Park. She also worked at St. Vincent’s Psychiatric Hospital where she delivered DBT, CBT, and anger management to people suffering from serious and persistent mental illness, including personality disorders and substance abuse. She is also trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Personal interests - Liz enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is always up for playing sports, mostly because she loves feeling apart of a team. During her spare time Liz is typically taking a group fitness class, looking for a new restaurant to try or shopping for home goods. If you find Liz staring intently at her phone there is a high likelihood she is playing candy crush, so go ahead and interrupt her to say hello!

Jay Weingarten, Psy.D.
Clinic Psychologist
DBTCSD staff member since 2016

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, 2011
B.S. in Human Development, Family Studies, and Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

Member - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Consultant on wayForward, an app-based program to reduce anxiety and stress.

Professional accomplishments - Dr. Weingarten spent 5+ years working at a private group practice in Manhattan where he specialized in providing CBT and DBT, held workshops, and supervised trainees. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor for doctoral students at the Teachers College of Columbia University and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Weingarten completed his clinical internship at the Manhattan VA Hospital where he received extensive training in individual and group therapy, focusing on treating veterans of all ages struggling with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders. Prior to internship, he trained at an adolescent inpatient unit, a college counseling center, and a Bronx, NY based community clinic. Dr. Weingarten's Doctoral dissertation explored the process of psychological resilience and the factors that contribute to overall well-being following traumatic events, with a focus on Holocaust survivors.

Personal interests - "Dr. Jay" is a fan of basketball, but also enjoys watching and playing many other sports, with the NY Giants, Rangers, Knicks, and Mets holding a special place in his heart. He spent his first 25 summers at a summer camp in the Berkshires and still enjoys hiking, fishing, campfires, and a good prank! He also enjoys music (which is always preferred to hearing him sing) - and reading Tom Robbins' novels. Jay relocated from NYC to San Diego with his wife, Amanda, who is a neuropsychologist at UCSD.

Dana Jacobs
Clinical Counselor
APCC #9899

M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego, 2021
B.S in Psychology with a Minor in Forensic Psychology, Western Oregon University, 2019

Professional accomplishments - Dana Received a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of San Diego in 2021. During her training at the DBT Center of San Diego, Dana primarily helped our clients with chronic suicidality, emotional dysregulation, and personality disorders. Dana has worked in a variety of other mental health settings, including psychiatric crisis centers, residential and outpatient substance abuse programs, and Mental Health programs within Correctional Facilities.

Personal interests - Dana enjoys time with her friends and family. She is always up for any sport, but her favorite is soccer (she played college soccer). She is often at the beach watching the sunset or in the kitchen trying out new recipes. Dana loves dogs and True Crime shows and is always open to new podcasts.

Rachel Slater, Psy.D.
Clinic Psychologist
DBTCSD staff member since 2021

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, 2020

Professional accomplishments - Rachel Slater received a Psy.D. in school-clinical child psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in 2020. She completed advanced training at Yale University, School of Medicine, where she treated children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with emotion dysregulation, chronic suicidality, personality disorders, and trauma-related disorders.

Personal interests - Personal Interests – Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and Labrador Retriever, Cooper. She loves to hike, take fitness classes, and cook, and she is always looking for new shows to watch on Netflix. Rachel recently relocated to San Diego and is on the lookout for new restaurants and outdoor adventures.

Yuie, Therapy Dog
Clinic Therapy Dog
DBTCSD staff member since 2014

Yuie is our therapy dog, and is available to attend your individual sessions upon request. She can be a source of comfort during stressful or triggering situations in your treatment.

Let us know at least 48 hours in advance if you would like her to join you in your sessions.