Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy, first developed in the 1980s by Marsha M. Linehan, to treat patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. Since then, DBT’s use has broadened and now it is regularly employed as part of a treatment plan for people struggling with behaviors or emotions they can't control. This can include eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm, and more. DBT is a skills-based approach that focuses on helping people increase their emotional and cognitive control by learning the triggers that lead to unwanted behaviors. Once triggers are identified, DBT teaches coping skills that include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. A therapist specializing in DBT will help you to enhance your own capabilities, improve your motivation, provide support in-the-moment, and better manage your own life with problem-solving strategies. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s DBT specialists today.

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I have been utilizing DBT skills in individual and group settings throughout my career. These strategies and skills are focused on helping an individual to find a middle-path and see a way forward that does not ignore their emotions or their own beliefs. I have continued to read and learn more about DBT over time and continue to regularly utilize it in my practice.

— Andrew Ritchie, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Champaign, IL

Sometimes we all encounter situations that leaves us broken and helpless to where life begins to lose meaning. Radical acceptance and mindfulness through DBT allows you to accept situations as is knowing you have no control over them. This allows individuals to learn the process of letting go of past hurts and learning to live in the moment with a focus on what is going well in their lives at this point.

— Lauretta Akpoyoware, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

I have extensive clinical experience, coursework, and additional ceu training and certification in using DBT for a variety of clinical concerns.

— Marylyn Sines, Psychologist in Southlake, TX

Dialectical Behavior Therapy teaches skills in four specific areas. These are practical skills for everyday use that will help you manage your emotions, behaviors, and stressors more effectively. These skill areas include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, & Interpersonal Effectiveness. I am passionate about Dialectical Behavior Therapy and proud to be intensively trained in this treatment. You can always expect high-quality DBT treatment delivered with enthusiasm & expertise.

— Jessica Aron, Clinical Psychologist in WHITE PLAINS, NY

DBT has been helpful in my practice to assist others in learning emotion regulation, healthy relationship building skills, mindfulness skills, and coping skills.

— Alyssa Podgorni, Counselor

DBT is a scientifically researched, evidence-based therapeutic treatment for individuals struggling with inner conflict, stormy relationships, impulsive and intentional self-harming acts, and other concerns. DBT helps people with these problems regain control of their lives.

— Alexandra Tesnakis, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy emphasizes a set of skills related to: -Emotion Regulation -Distress Tolerance -Mindfulness -Interpersonal Effectiveness. DBT could really benefit everyone! Research shows it great for clients who experience: instability with mood, behavior, thinking, self image, and relationships.

— Brooke Zuzow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Chester, OH

I have received additional training after my doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University to utilize DBT techniques.

— Sandra Nunez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in san diego, CA

Dialectical behavioral therapy focuses on high-risk, tough-to-treat patients. These patients often have multiple diagnoses.DBT was initially designed to treat people with suicidal behavior and borderline personality disorder. But it has been adapted for other mental health problems that threaten a person's safety, relationships, work, and emotional well-being.Borderline personality disorder is a disorder that leads to acute emotional distress. Patients may have intense bursts of anger.

— Mirta Innis-Thompson, Psychotherapist in Potomac, MD

I utilize DBT when underlying mood issues are present or a person presents with primary concerns of depression and bipolar disorder. When working with eating disorders, I use an adapted version specific to those with Binge Eating and Bulimia concerns.

— Brandi Stalzer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a specific therapeutic process created by Dr. Marsha Linehan for the management of emotional dysregulation. I use DBT skills and interventions as part of work with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, anger management, and managing bipolar and bipolar II. I am happy to provide referrals to the excellent providers in the area who offer "full" DBT for those who need a more intensive approach.

— Whitney Davison, Therapist in Lee's Summit, MO

I have found that DBT can be used in treatment plans for a plethora of psychological problems. This includes stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and of course personality disorders. I enjoy helping clients learn and apply the four components of DBT into their lives, which include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. DBT gives clients a ton of tools to add to their toolbox.

— Dr. Angela Webb, Clinical Psychologist in Bonne Terre, MO

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is centered around developing mindfulness and being present in your daily world, increasing your distress tolerance to help you handle the chaos you have to deal with on the daily, regulating emotions to help keep you feeling balanced, and strengthening your interpersonal relationships skills to support having healthy, meaningful connections.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

DBT skills based work can provide both long term and short term relief for many mental health symptoms and struggles.

— Kassondra Wilson, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

I trained in DBT in the DBT clinic at Mass General Hospital, one of the top psychiatry programs in the country. I find that DBT is very good at capturing the complexities of life through its foundation in Hegelian dialectics. Hegelian dialectics refer to the idea that two seemingly opposing things can both be true (e.g., I can love someone and also know that they are a toxic force in my life, or I can be so pissed off with someone and still choose to treat them with compassion).

— Calvin Fitch, Psychologist in Boston, MA

Originally developed for people suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, I believe this modality has concepts that help all of us! The number one tool here is mindfulness, which can help us slow things down in order to understand what is happening in the moment, and identify what is the most healthy response.

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA