Dr. Adam Friedman & Adriane Schmitt

March Happiness Club 2019

“Making Happiness a Choice”
SPEAKERS: Dr. Adam Friedman & Adriane Schmitt
DATE: Monday, March 4, 2019
TIME: Reception 5pm, Presentation 5:30 to 6:30pm
LOCATION: BICE Restaurant, 313 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach
COST: $20. Cash Only at Door. Credit Card payments accepted online.

Dr. Adam Friedman & Adriane Schmitt Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan. DBT provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas: Mindfulness, Regulating Emotions, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

“As its name suggests, DBT is influenced by the philosophical perspective of dialectics: balancing opposites. The therapist consistently works with the individual to find ways to hold two seemingly opposite perspectives at once, promoting balance and avoiding black and white—the all-or-nothing styles of thinking. In service of this balance, DBT promotes a both-and rather than an either-or outlook. The dialectic at the heart of DBT is acceptance and change.” Psychology Today

Dr. Adam Friedman currently co-directs Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs for addiction throughout the state of Florida. Dr. Friedman has had the privilege of being trained by DBT’s founder, Dr. Marsha Linehan, in the state of Washington. He attended Nova Southeastern University, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology. Dr. Friedman’s work has been published in psychoanalytic journals and he has written a chapter on the analysis of dreams that has been published as part of a book. He has a strong psychoanalytic background, and has trained with the Southeast Florida Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. Friedman is also featured in HBO’s award-winning documentary on eating disorder treatment, entitled, “Thin.” Dr. Friedman has a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida, but spends most of his time teaching, developing and supervising DBT programming both in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Adriane Schmitt is an experienced psychotherapist with specific expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Ms. Schmitt currently develops and facilitates DBT Programs in various substance abuse rehabilitation centers in south Florida. Ms. Schmitt’s extensive DBT training has been through Behavioral Tech, a training company founded by DBT’s creator, Dr. Marsha Linehan. and was privileged to receive training by Dr. Marsha Linehan herself during an Intensive DBT workshop in Seattle, WA. Ms. Schmitt is also responsible for teaching, developing, and supervising DBT programs affiliated with The Amy Winehouse Foundation both in the United States and the United Kingdom. During her tenure as a mental health professional, Ms. Schmitt has been an effective advocate and therapist to individuals suffering from a wide range of mental health disorders. Ms. Schmitt received a Master’s of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling.