Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Information about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an approach to treatment that is gaining in popularity due to the growing research evidence that it is a helpful and effective psychological treatment. It is an expanded form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan who has, herself, recovered from severe mental illness.
The goal of this approach is to help people to “Build a Life Worth Living” and to pursue balance in life, rather than unhelpful, dialectical polarization or “Black and White” extremes. Following careful assessment the therapist helps the client to understand their emotions and provides guidance in changing unhelpful behaviors and coping strategies. Training to improve coping skills is an integral part of this approach. This includes skills training in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
DBT was originally developed to include both individual and group therapy components, and it was especially made for individuals who struggle with self-injurious or suicidal behaviors. Since then, however, it has been effectively adapted for individual therapy settings and its usefulness is established for the treatment of a wide variety of psychological difficulties (e.g., depression, bereavement, anxiety, stress, addictions, eating disorders, chronic pain, and posttraumatic stress). DBT can help people to find new hope and improved lives with improved coping skills and better control of thoughts, behaviors, and emotions!
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