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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This is a cognitive form of treatment that is focused on four core skill groups which are meant to help people "live a life worth living". These four core skill groups include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT will teach you actionable skills to engage with your environment in order to help you regulate your emotions which may change ineffective thinking patterns as a result.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As an evidence-based intervention, DBT is a proven and effective treatment for mood dysregulation and maladaptive behavior patterns. DBT is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Since its development, DBT has helped treat a range of issues, including symptoms associated with depression and anxiety disorders.

— Michele Caton-Richardson, Clinical Social Worker in Tucson, AZ

I have undergone intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and use it to help my clients increase their emotional stability, improve their relationships, and achieve their goals. My clients consistently use DBT to improve flexibility in their thinking, open themselves to change, and better advocate for themselves.

— Sarah LaFontaine, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I don't follow DBT to the core, I believe your emotions and feelings are real. However, we may not always be in the best spot to process or feel them fully. I work to give you tools to work with those emotions until we get to a safe place to express ourselves.

— Stephanie Townsend, Licensed Master of Social Work in Marietta, GA

I am Certified in providing DBT to adolescents and adults struggling with emotional regulation, self-harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts, and interpersonal relationships.

— Samantha Dyke, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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

Majority of my clinical career has been involved in teaching my clients DBT-based curriculum. I believe that DBT can offer something for everyone. Some people may benefit from having more concrete coping skills to aid in emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness practice, and distress tolerance. I can assist my clients in knowing where, when, and how to use coping skills for these reasons to see and experience effective change in their lives.

— Zoe Kinsey, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Kirkland, WA

I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy through the Behavioral Tech - A Linehan Institute Training Company. DBT is a large part of my clinical work because it is an empirically validated treatment and its vast utility for many clients.

— Pei-Chen Hsu, Clinical Psychologist in Livingtson, NJ

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

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.

— Dr. Mirta Innis-Thompson, Psychotherapist in North Bethseda, MD

I belief growth happens in tension. I use the DBT model to integrate one's emotions and thoughts (feelings & logic) into behaviors that lead them into a healthier life.

— Yoojin Nam, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Buena Park, CA

Along with ACT, I value DBT as an action-oriented tool. DBT is evidence-based and can be helpful in changing behavioral patterns. DBT can be helpful in areas including emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness, making DBT a tool for helping you be more connected to self, others, and the world around you.

— Amanda Stretcher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

DBT is a wonderful resource to strengthen identity while reduce self harming behaviors. We learn life skills and how to manage emotions. Through DBT, you learn how to slow down your thoughts so you can be more present life.

— Pallavi Lal, MS, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

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

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