EBTCS started in 2002 as a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) center (the DBT Center of Seattle). Its mission was to provide comprehensive adult and adolescent DBT to individuals and families in Seattle and the surrounding area. The DBT Center of Seattle added a focus on training young professionals in 2003, when it accepted the center’s first postdoctoral fellows.

In 2005, we added a new program focused on evidence-based treatment for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, and with this broadened focus, the center changed its name to the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS). This name change reflected not only the center’s expansion of services, but also its commitment to providing science-based care.

At the same time, EBTCS developed both a quality assurance program (the goal of which is to monitor client outcomes over the course of treatment) and a practice-based research program (the goal of which is to contribute to the science about how well evidence-based treatments work in “real world” settings).

EBTCS grew substantially over the next few years. In 2010,  EBTCS formally created a program focused on providing evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In 2011, EBTCS added a program focused on eating disorders and related problems.

Although EBTCS has grown and changed significantly since its initial founding, its core value of providing gold-standard care in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment has not. EBTCS and its programs, the DBT Center, the Anxiety Center, the Child Anxiety Center, and the Eating Disorders Center, continue to be dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment to the clients we serve. We are also committed to staying at the leading edge of the mental health field, both in terms of the care we provide and the research we conduct. We are proud to have been serving the Seattle and surrounding communities since 2002!

Meet the Owners

Jennifer Sayrs, PhD, ABPP
Co-Founder, Owner, Executive Director, and Director of The DBT Center

Travis L. Osborne, PhD, ABPP
Owner, Clinical Director, Director of The Anxiety Center, and Co-Director of Research and Outcomes Monitoring

Jennifer Tininenko, PhD
Owner and Director of The Child Anxiety Center

David Lischner, MD
Co-Founder, Owner, and Chairman

Other Founders

Beatriz Aramburu, PhD: co-founder and previous owner, DBT Center of Seattle and EBTCS

Tony DuBose, PhD: co-founder and previous owner, DBT Center of Seattle and EBTCS

Stacy Shaw Welch, PhD: co-founder and previous owner, Anxiety Center, Child Anxiety Center, and EBTCS


Our team is continually growing and we are always on the lookout for talented clinicians. If you you are interested in a career with us, please review our staff job openings and apply today!

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