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 extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and draw from it to help individuals who experience frequent conflict, intense emotions, and anger management. I also integrate DBT in the treatment of eating disorders.

— Sala Psychology, Clinical Psychologist in Greenwich, CT

DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques along with acceptance, mindfulness and distress tolerance. DBT can help with treating anxiety, trauma, PTSD and substance use. DBT can help provide steps and ways to cope with any negative feelings and thoughts that may be coming up for you. DBT is evidence-based therapy modality that can provide healthy ways to manage your emotions, thoughts and beliefs.

— Avni Panchal, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Like most common cliches, "accept the things you cannot change and work to change the things you can" is far easier said than done. Some principles of DBT can help to find an effective balance between acceptance and change, tailored to the unique circumstances of your life. I have training and experience in providing full model DBT, and I integrate some of these techniques and insights in my practice where appropriate.

— Benjamin Pfeifer, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

I have been trained in DBT and utilized the model with various adult clients to help them manage their intense emotions, learn to be present throughout the moments in their lives and tolerate their negative feelings instead of escaping and/or engaging in self destructive bxs.

— Laura Marhevka, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Glendale, CA

DBT was originally developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to support individuals experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT, however, has been found to be helpful for individuals aiming to cope with other experiences, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and eating disorders. DBT focuses on 4 specific modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

— Leslie Aguilar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA

One of the key goals of DBT is to "create a life worth living." DBT is highly effective for people who struggle with chronic thoughts of suicide, self-harm, and Borderline Personality Disorder. It is a structured approach that emphasizes emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. Many of the concepts and skills found within DBT can be very helpful and impactful for people with a wide variety of problems.

— Amber Sylvan, Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a therapeutic approach developed by Psychologist and author Marsha Linehan. It is a accountability and skills-based approach with four different categories: - mindfulness - distress tolerance - emotion regulation - interpersonal effectiveness This approach helps people become more self-aware, more equipped to sit with their feelings, make themselves feel better in healthy ways, and engage in relationships with healthy boundaries and communication.

— Liz Michaud, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I've been using DBT to treat emotional dysregulation for over 10 years. I stumble into new revelations every time I teach or use the skills myself. DBT is not a magic wand to solve all our problems, but it can be magical. I'm excited to show you how mindfulness and tolerating distress, coupled with emotion regulation and interpersonal skills can change your life. It's not easy or for the faint of heart, but just you reading this tells me you have the kernel of courage needed to get started.

— Lela Saffle, Clinical Social Worker in Black Mountain, NC

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed to help individuals manage intense emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and develop coping skills. It combines techniques such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to promote emotional stability and overall well-being.

— Dexter Mai, Associate Clinical Social Worker

DBT is especially helpful for people who feel as if their emotions are running their lives. Many are acting in ways they know are not helping them or their loved ones, as a way to feel some level of control over these emotions. I apply DBT in my work with various mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and even addictive behaviors.

— Julie Smith, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

DbT is the most useful in early counseling. Thinking errors are explained and pain tolerance is taught. It is both eastern and western ideas put together. Studies show that it is highly effective.

— Dian Grier, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in san fransico, CA

DBT is all about how to be effective and skillful in any given moment. I was told a number of times that "DBT is CBT plus mindfulness". The ability to be aware of our own behaviors and how they impact our environment is so powerful. I love how direct and problem-solving oriented DBT is.

— Jaime Larson, Clinical Psychologist

DBT aims to help people create lives worth living. For treatment with DBT to be comprehensive, it needs to include all four of these modes of treatment: • Individual therapy to enhance motivation • Skills groups to enhance capabilities • Phone coaching to generalize skills to natural environment • Consultation team meetings to enhance therapist motivation and capability

— Amy Studer, Licensed Professional Counselor in , MO

I have used Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with clients in reducing unhealthy coping patterns and relieve emotional distress.

— Kelly Lemm, Clinical Social Worker in Circle Pines, MN

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on 4 areas. These areas are Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. The theory has a large base of coping skills allowing for one to ultimately transform into their own therapist.

— Ricky Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rehoboth Beach, DE