Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment. DBT has been adapted for behavioral disorders involving emotional dysregulation, depression, suicidal adolescents/adults, and can be used in a variety of settings.

DBT treatment aims to stabilize the patient and achieve behavioral control, to resolve problems that interfere with a life worth living, and to find acceptance and contentment. All these aims are crucial for teens in crisis, young adults dealing with mental illnesses, or some kids who have experienced trauma.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy uses motivation, acceptance, and a dialectical worldview to address individual capability deficits. What this means is that DBT works on specific areas that individuals struggle with, and addresses those in an individualized way.

You may benefit from DBT if you experience any of the following:

  • Intense or unmanageable emotions
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Impulsivity
  • Sense of emptiness or a lack of sense of self
  • Intense fear of abandonment and rejection
  • Difficulty keeping employment