What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based treatment developed by Marsha Linehan in the 1980’s. DBT was originally developed to treat suicidality and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). However, through its implementation, DBT has been found to be very effective in treating an array of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, and PTSD. DBT is a skills-based treatment that can help you to regulate your emotions, have more successful interpersonal relationships, provide you skills to manage distress and increase mindfulness to your thoughts, feelings, and your environment. In addition to helping treat a variety of mental health disorders, DBT can teach you a healthier way to cope that will help you to maintain your recovery, improve your overall quality of life, and build a life worth living.

In addition to skills training, DBT is special in that it offers concrete tools individuals can use to increase their mindfulness to behaviors and receive support in generalizing skills. Behavior Chain analyses help individuals to gain awareness to triggers and prompting events by breaking down the links in the chain that lead to engagement in ineffective behaviors, while diary cards help individuals to track their engagement in target behaviors and identify any pattern-behaviors. Individuals who participate in DBT can call their Therapist to receive skills coaching to help individuals generalize and implement skills in all relevant contexts.

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