DBT Informed Music Therapy Center

Engaging resources to enhance the DBT skills training experience – For:

Clinicians, DBT Clients, Music Therapists


  Get access to a database of songs that strengthen DBT skills >

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→ Resonate with more participants!

→ Make your DBT groups more engaging!

→ Make virtual groups more interactive!

→ Reach participants with different learning styles!

→ Enhance client ability to understand and apply DBT skills!

→ Provide a variation on skills groups for participants who are on a second or third cycle!

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DBT Clients

Enhance your ability to understand and apply DBT skills!

→ Fun way to master skills you are committed to strengthening!

→ Supportive for different learning styles!

→ Experience a creative variation on skills groups !


Music Therapists

→ Support clients in DBT

→ Utilize DBT skills in your music therapy practice to help clients build a life worth living

→ Enhance your skills with professional training by taking CMTE classes through the Spiegel Academy and becoming a DBT informed music therapist

→ Get access to our DBT Music Intervention Resource Library for Music Therapists with interventions for each DBT skill that you can modify to fit your population.


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Skills group leaders- Get access to our full creative done for you DBT curriculum using music, designed by DBT informed music therapists to strengthen DBT skills and liven up your groups. No musical know how necessary!


Invite us to co-lead skills groups with you to introduce arts based interventions in your DBT skills groups. Or...
get supplemental DBT informed music therapy services to strengthen skills participants are learning (can be virtual.)

DBT Skills Mastery through Music

If you are, or have been, a participant in a DBT program , we invite you to join our comprehensive music based DBT curriculum to enhance your skills training experience.

Resource Library

Access recordings of the songs and activities we use in our groups and training classes in our resource library.


Board Certified Music Therapists (and other creative arts therapists)- Take the steps to be trained as a DBT informed (music) therapist.


The use of music therapy interventions to help teach and reinforce DBT skills has started to grow a research base. (We will also post case studies on this page in time.)

Below are examples of what our music therapists do to reinforce DBT skills.

Deborah Spiegel uses her “Roller Coaster Ride” song to strengthen the “what skills” observe, describe, and participate.

Bailey Hinz created DEAR MAN lyrics to the melody of “Dance Monkey”  by Tones and I in reference to current heated posts on social media.

Stephen King wrote a song to illustrate emotion mind, reasonable mind, and wise mind. It can be used with a discussion of the states of mind.

Alice Browne sharing a mindfulness experience.

About Us

We are a group of Board Certified Music Therapists who have completed Behavioral Tech’s DBT Skills Training Program, as well as an in-depth year long DBT informed Music Therapy program that includes 11 months of clinical supervision from a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified PsyD clinician.  We all have experience facilitating DBT informed music therapy groups, and are often found co-leading groups with psychologists, social workers, and other DBT skills group leaders.

Deborah Spiegel MT-BC

Deborah Spiegel MT-BC was first introduced to DBT in 2001 when she worked as a member of a Dialectical Behavior Therapy based treatment team at the Colorado Mental Health Institute. She was trained in DBT alongside her treatment team by representatives of Behavioral Tech.

Being a Board- Certified Music Therapist, she found herself using music to teach the skills in her DBT skills training groups, and also reinforcing the DBT skills in her music therapy groups. Over the next 11 years this evolved into her passion for using music therapy to support patients in strengthening DBT skills. 

Author of a book in 2010,  the 2nd edition, called Creative DBT Activities Using Music – Interventions for Enhancing Engagement and Effectiveness in Therapy, was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2020.

Deborah’s passion for integrating DBT with music therapy  led her to spearhead a research project.  Plus it led her to present workshops nationwide since 2011, and eventually online. 

She is CEO and director of The Spiegel Academy, which provides online continuing education for music therapists and allied professionals. This includes specializing in providing a comprehensive DBT informed music therapy training program in conjunction with Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola.

Bailey Hinz MT-BC

Bailey Hinz has always had a love of music and of people. While earning a bachelor’s degree in music from North Central College, she spent summers as a camp counselor, an experience which inspired her to further pursue work in a helping profession. 

In 2013, Bailey received her master’s degree in music therapy from Colorado State University; her graduate thesis was on the utilization of therapeutic music for young women with negative body perception and disordered eating.

Bailey has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations including mental health, at risk youth, substance abuse, veterans’ needs, hospice, autism spectrum, developmental disability, and diseases of aging. Her greatest passion and life’s purpose, however, lies in mental/ behavioral health.

She loves incorporating music and other creative arts to affect meaningful change in the lives of individuals she serves. 

To continue her growth as a clinician, Bailey received her designation as a DBT informed Music Therapist through Behavior Tech and The Spiegel Academy in 2017.

In her free time, Bailey lives an active lifestyle. She enjoys running, cycling, swimming, camping, and hiking with her trusty pup Benji.

Stephen King MT-BC

Stephen King explored his interest in Music and Psychology with his undergraduate work at Harding University, after which he studied the Masters in Music Therapy program at Texas Woman’s University. 

His Music Therapy career allowed for experience with older adults, addiction and recovery, children with developmental challenges, and most recently adolescents with behavioral and emotion regulation difficulties.

 In early 2018, Stephen enrolled in The Spiegel Academy in conjunction with Behavioral Tech, to earn his designation as DBT informed Music Therapist. 

Combining his interest in electronic music and technology, Stephen brings unique skills to the community of Music Therapy with sessions both online and in-person.

Alice Browne, MT-BC

Alice Browne has  a B.S. in Music Therapy from Augsburg University that she received in 1984 and has been practicing music therapy for 36 years.

 She has achieved Level, l & ll Certification in Sound healing through Normandale Community College in Minnesota and through Sound Healer Kay Grace. 

Alice’s experience includes work with a wide array of populations, including geriatrics, recovering alcoholics, homeless people, autistic children, and people experiencing grief. 

She received her DBT- Informed Music Therapy  training through the Spiegel Academy, and completed the DBT skills training with Behavioral Tech..

Alice often incorporates visual arts in her therapy sessions. 

She has been a wife for 36 years, a mother for 27 years, a mother-in-law for one year, and a cat owner for a very long time.

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