Director of Suffolk DBT, Kim L. Lehnert

Dr. Kim L. Lehnert, Director of Suffolk DBTDr. Kim L. Lehnert, Director, is experienced in applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to issues of depression and anxiety, recovery from trauma, substance abuse, the impact of familial substance abuse, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, and self-harm and suicidal behaviors.  As the Director of Suffolk DBT Psychological Services, Dr. Lehnert works with both adolescents and adults providing individual therapy, leading several weekly DBT skills groups and teaching monthly DBT Family Skills workshops.  Dr. Lehnert also serves as a national trainer for Behavioral Tech, LLC, teaching clinicians how to apply DBT in their own practice.  Dr. Lehnert has dedicated her career to her passion and enthusiasm for helping patients develop effective coping skills for dealing with extremely painful emotions and behaviors while helping them realize their important life goals.

Dr. Lehnert received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) postdoctoral clinical research fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received extensive training in the assessment and treatment of personality disorders, trauma, substance abuse and eating disorders.  From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Lehnert developed and directed the Zucker Hillside Hospital DBT and DBT-Substance Abuse Programs of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Healthcare System as the Chief of DBT Services. Dr. Lehnert has also served as the Director of Gampro at the Pederson-Krag Center, applying DBT to develop a comprehensive behavioral treatment approach for gambling addiction. She has been the Director of DBT services at Family Psychology of Long Island and now leads the DBT clinical team at Suffolk DBT Psychological Services.  She has co-authored several research articles in the area of adolescent suicidal behavior.

Dr. Lehnert emphasizes a team-oriented approach to treatment with her primary goal being collaborative, compassionate therapy that helps patients find balance and happiness in their lives. Dr. Lehnert is recognized for her empathy, her ability to connect with patients and her warm sense of humor. Through her non-judgmental nature, she encourages patients to open up with the assurance of being heard and respected.  When not working, Kim can be found in neighborhood parks chasing after her two little boys.  From them, she has come to appreciate the intense joy and challenges of being a parent.

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