Our DBT therapists have a variety of specialties, including highly-specialized DBT training in the treatment of self-harm and suicidal behaviors, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and disorders of emotion regulation.  In the spirit of DBT, we consider ourselves to be a community of therapists treating a community of clients and work together to provide the best treatment to our clients.  Each DBT clinician’s work is also overseen by the practice owner, a DBT expert and DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

Click through each provider's bio to learn more.

Samantha Ruwe

M.S., LPC (she/her)

Treats individuals ages 15 and up

Specialties: DBT, borderline personality disorder (BPD), ADHD, self-harm and suicidal behaviors, anger management, anxiety, mood disorders, bullying, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, self-harm, stress management, trauma, Veterans/Military

Eleanor Raker

M.A., LPC (she/her)

Treats individuals ages 14 and up.

Specialties: DBT, borderline personality disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder, LGBTQIA+, ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, body image, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationship issues, self-esteem, stress management, trauma Veterans/military, and First responders

Robyn Williams

M.A., LPC (she/her)

Treats individuals ages 15 and up

Specialties: DBT, borderline personality disorder (BPD), ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression, self-injury and suicidal behaviors, trauma, LGBTQIA+,  mood disorders, and life transitions

Tricia Eshleman Latimer

MD (she/her)

Treats individuals ages 18 and up

Specialties: mood disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), ADHD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders

Samuel Eshleman Latimer

Psy.D. (he/his)

Treats individuals ages 15 and up

Specialties: DBT; borderline personality disorder (BPD); DBT parenting, families, couples; relationship distress and conflict; mood disorders; anxiety; trauma; substance use; self-harm and suicidal behavior; LGBTQIA+

Alyssa Eichhorn

M.A., LPCC-S (she/her)

Treats individuals of all ages

Specialties:  DBT, borderline personality disorder (BPD), ADHD, anger and behavior management, self-harm and suicidal behaviors, bipolar, body dysmorphia, domestic violence, grief and loss, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+, bullying, stress, identity & multicultural issues, self-esteem

Maria Mangione

M.A., LPCC-S (she/her)

Treats individuals ages 15 and up.

Specialities: EMDR, DBT, borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-harm and suicidal behaviors, anxiety, depression, anger management, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, intimate partner violence, trauma, bullying, stress, behavior management.

Desirae Allen

Psy.D. (she/her)

Clinical Director

Treats individuals ages 15 and up

Specialties: DBT, borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-harm and suicidal behaviors, depression, anxiety, substance use, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and severe mental illness, conflict management, and life transitions

Nikki Winchester

Psy.D., ABPP, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ (she/her)


Treats adults 18 and up

Specialties: DBT, borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-harm and suicidal behaviors, substance use, and PTSD

Nikki Heinze

AAS, BTM (she/her)

Practice Coordinator

Specialties: Your go-to person for anything non-clinical from connecting clients with their ideal therapist, answering calls and emails to website management and marketing.

Our Story

It all started in 2010 in the basement office of the Xavier University Psychological Services Center.  Nikki was there, in the midst of her DBT training, and she was dreaming big.  She had always known that she wanted to create her own therapy practice, but there in that basement office, she realized she wanted to offer the community something unlike any other practice - a reliable hub to which the community could turn for adherent DBT treatment, training, and education, not only locally but nationally.  And it would be called the Cincinnati Center for DBT.

A decade later, Nikki officially founded Cincinnati Center for DBT.  We strive to be the practice our community trusts to provide DBT as it was designed by the treatment developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan.  We are also passionate about providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

We are the practice you can trust that, when you come to us for DBT, you will receive DBT.  So many clients seek DBT from therapists who are not actually providing DBT, and they do not even realize it.  We are here to be your resource for education about what adherent DBT is, and isn’t.  We are here to be the practice where clinicians and clinical trainees come to receive excellent DBT and CBT training.  We are here to educate the community and help clients advocate for themselves. We are here to increase clinicians’ awareness and knowledge of adherent DBT and related topics.

We are here to help people effectively reduce their suffering.

Cincinnati Center for DBT Clinicians and Admin pose for the camera

Our therapy office is physically located in Cincinnati, OH. However, we serve clients throughout Ohio and beyond through our online therapy services.

* Our therapy office is located in Mt. Auburn on Wellington Pl, right off of Auburn Avenue.  Our office neighbors Clifton (home of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats!) and is close to Christ Hospital.

We are also able to work with clients in the following states:

Alabama | Arizona | Arkansas | Colorado | Delaware | District of Columbia | Georgia | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Kansas | Kentucky | Maine | Maryland | Minnesota | Missouri | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | North Carolina | Oklahoma | Pennsylvania | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin

Dr. Nikki Winchester, DBT Therapist, types on her laptop with a handout of the DBT Wise Mind skill next to her.


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