SFDBT Therapists

  • Deborah Mitchell, Ph.D. 
    Dr. Mitchell began her training in DBT in 2000. In 2002, she began co-facilitating DBT skills training groups in private practice and has been passionately learning and working within the DBT model ever since. In 2006, Deborah co-founded the San Francisco DBT Center where she provides individual psychotherapy and co-facilitates several DBT skills training groups. In addition, she has extensive training in psychological assessment and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Deborah completed Behavioral Tech’s Intensive DBT training in 2006 and the Advanced Intensive DBT training (taught by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. and Shari Manning, Ph.D.) in 2008. Dr. Mitchell is a DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician
  • Mark Rosenthal, LCSW 
    Mark was introduced to DBT in the mid 1990’s and began applying the skills in his position as clinical director at the largest homeless shelter in San Francisco. From 2000 to 2006, Mark worked at the Partial Hospitalization Program at University of California, San Francisco's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI). At LPPI, Mark applied DBT with individual patients and supported their implementation in group settings. Mark resigned from LPPI in 2006 to co-found the San Francisco DBT Center where he provides individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and co-facilitates several DBT skills training groups. He also provides DBT training to groups of clinicians throughout the Bay Area. Mark completed Behavioral Tech’s Intensive DBT training in 2006 and the Advanced Intensive DBT training (taught by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. and Shari Manning, Ph.D.) in 2008. Mark is a DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician.
  • Francie Burkhard, MFT 
    Francie received her masters and got her training in Chicago, IL. She worked as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in both community mental health and private practice settings in Chicago from 2000-2009. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2009, Francie has earned her Marriage and Family Therapist license. Her training is in cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy and she draws from both in order to fit the unique needs and circumstances of each client. She has experience working with adults and adolescents in individual, family and group settings. She has worked with a wide variety of populations and has successfully helped clients manage a vast range of problems from acute mental health issues to life transitions. Francie has additional expertise in working with women who are pregnant and post-partum and enjoys working on parenting techniques. She joined SFDBT in 2010 and received DBT training from both Deborah Mitchell and Mark Rosenthal. In addition to co-leading DBT skills training groups, Francie has become adept at providing individual therapy from a DBT perspective. Francie completed Behavioral Techís Intensive DBT training in 2012 and the Advanced Intensive DBT training (taught by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.) in 2014. Francie is a DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician
  • Amber Jenkins, Ph.D., MBA
    Dr. Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration. In 2007, she began co-facilitating DBT skills training groups at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospitalís DBT Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP) in San Diego. Since then she has experience using DBT and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in community mental health settings, hospital settings, and private practice. Dr. Jenkins has additional expertise working with individuals with social anxiety or extreme shyness. Dr. Jenkins joined the San Francisco DBT Center in 2011 where she provides individual psychotherapy and co-facilitates several DBT skills training groups. Dr. Jenkins completed Behavioral Techís Intensive DBT training in 2012 and the Advanced Intensive DBT training (taught by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.) in 2014.
  • Jennifer Tan, LCSW
    Jennifer is a DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician. She has worked with adolescents, adults, and families in mental health since 2003. She received her MSW from USC in Los Angeles and was introduced to DBT while running an adolescent outpatient substance abuse program partnered with the juvenile probation system in Contra Costa County. She began co-facilitating DBT skills groups and integrating DBT skills into her practice in 2012, and in 2013, she joined the SFDBT Center. She appreciates working with a wide variety of clients from diverse backgrounds and particularly enjoys DBT work with young adults. She currently co-facilitates DBT skills training groups and provides individual therapy from a DBT perspective. Jennifer completed Behavioral Techís Intensive DBT training in 2013 and the Advanced Intensive DBT training (taught by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.) in 2014.