Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy developed by Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s. It is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that incorporates techniques from Eastern mindfulness practices and focuses on the concept of dialectics, or the process of synthesis through opposing forces. Its primary focus is on emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is designed to help individuals identify maladaptive patterns of behavior and learn more effective strategies for coping with stress, regulating emotions, and improving relationships. It is especially effective in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, but can be used to treat a variety of other mental health issues as well.

DBT consists of individual and group therapies, as well as phone coaching sessions. During individual sessions, clients learn skills to manage their emotions and behaviors, while group sessions provide support and practice with the skills learned in individual therapy. During phone coaching, the therapist helps the client apply their skills to real-life situations. DBT is a structured therapy that emphasizes a balance between acceptance and change in order to create a healthier, more balanced life. It also integrates mindfulness practices into the therapy to help clients become more aware of their thoughts and feelings in the present moment.

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