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 use DBT tools to help you accept the reality of & change your life by identifying unhelpful behaviors. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of talk therapy that helps you understand how thoughts affect emotions and behaviors.

— Allison Martone, Mental Health Counselor in Chicago, IL

Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat personality disorders and interpersonal conflicts. Evidence suggests that DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders and suicidal ideation, as well as for changing behavioral patterns such as self-harm and substance use

— Jocelyn Farrar, Clinical Social Worker

DBT focuses on distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. It can be helpful in finding a more effective way of dealing with difficult or overwhelming emotions, interrupting maladaptive coping mechanisms like self-harm, and improve relationships.

— Jamie Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a highly effective system of emotional change that emphasizes the regulation of feelings and behaviors. By learning and rehearsing new, more effective coping skills for managing emotions, our clients live more successful and productive lives. DBT grew out of the cognitive behavioral therapy system (CBT), which argues that our emotions and behaviors are a direct result of what and how we think. If our thoughts are inaccurate or negative, our feelings will al

— Rachael Julstrom, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blue Springs, MO

I received training in DBT from the Portland DBT Institute.

— Prudence Tippins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Viroqua, WI

I have specialized training in dialectical behavioral therapy, which combines mindfulness with cognitive behavioral therapy. By using DBT, you can gain mastery of mindfulness, managing emotions, creating and improving relationships, and experience relief from suffering.

— Kristie Powell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Seminole, FL

DBT is an integrative approach that borrows from several other modalities. I’m certified DBT therapist and have been using it with my clients successfully for long time. I have written about this approach several articles, which made me appreciate more. It usually works with many different individuals or at least some parts of it. Distress tolerance and emotional regulation for example we all can benefit from. Besides, it keeps the essential parts of therapy in mind. It’s a lot to be said here.

— Dr. Amr Kireem, Clinical Psychologist in Rolling Meadows, IL

I integrate DBT skills with nearly everybody I work with. DBT offers concrete ways to manage difficult situations, whether they're tolerating large amounts of distress, regulating emotions, being effective in interpersonal relationships, or developing mindfulness skills.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX

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

— Marylyn Sines, Psychologist in Southlake, TX

We offer comprehensive DBT for struggles with regulating emotions (knowing what and why you are experiencing an emotion, being able to handle and/or reduce rapid and intense mood shifts), interpersonal difficulties (getting and maintaining the relationships you want), impulsive behaviors that make things worse, and feeling confused about who you are (feeling disconnected or empty)

— Marina Krugolets, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Staten Island, NY

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is especially effective for people who have difficulty managing and regulating their emotions. DBT has proven to be effective for treating and managing a wide range of mental health conditions.

— Colleen Lovett, Mental Health Practitioner in LINCOLN, NE

We can integrate DBT skills into your life for improved emotional regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance.

— Selah Counseling & Wellness, Counselor in Springfield, OR

A set of life skills that promote being present and balanced. Mindfulness skills show us how to be non-judgmental, effective, and at peace. Interpersonal Effectiveness skills address assertive communication, setting boundaries, and improving healthy relationships. Distress Tolerance skills teach us how to get through the pain and uncomfortable emotions. Emotional Regulation skills guide us to learn our values, be less emotionally vulnerable, and prioritize self-care.

— Shannon Kilroy, Licensed Professional Counselor

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was originally developed to help individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, but I believe that these tools can help all of us. We work to integrate skills with a foundation of mindfulness to slow down and understand what is happening in the moment. That is where you can start to gain back your power and take control over your response.

— Emmily Weldon, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I have utilized DBT first as a client and now as a clinician. DBT offers specific skills and behaviors rather than theoretical models of approaching behaviors and emotions. DBT is the sister of CBT and there is frequent overlap when discussing intervention. DBT also pairs well with trauma work which is why I utilize a combination of approaches.

— Jordan Wolfe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Highlands Ranch, CO