Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is an evidence-based treatment developed over 30 years ago by Dr. Marsha Linehan, to help people who struggle with managing intense and rapidly changing emotions.

DBT aims to provide concrete strategies for individuals who are biologically more vulnerable to emotional experiencing, who often engage in ineffective patterns of thinking and behavior, and/or who find themselves in relationships and environments that interfere with optimal functioning. These circumstances, understandably, can lead to overwhelming emotions and difficulty regulating and tolerating them. Mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills are taught and practiced to help clients respond effectively to emotions and replace negative behaviors with functional ones.

The comprehensive DBT model includes both individual therapy and skills training in a group format. Numerous research studies support DBT's effectiveness for both adults and adolescents.

Although DBT was originally developed as an outgrowth of CBT to treat suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, evidence from clinical trials has demonstrated its effectiveness in treating many other difficulties, including anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders and post traumatic stress disorder. In addition to standard CBT techniques for change, DBT adds acceptance strategies, and seeks to find a balance that increases motivation and promotes positive growth.

DBT may be particularly helpful if you have difficulty with at least some of the following:

  • Extreme mood swings
  • Anger
  • Chaotic relationships
  • Fears of abandonment
  • Sense of emptiness or numbness
  • Confusion about your true feelings and perceptions
  • Suicidal or non-suicidal self injurious behaviors
  • Impulsivity
  • Distorted thinking patterns and paranoia
  • Intense negative self judgement

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