Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on developing healthier coping skills for those who struggle more significantly with emotion regulation and managing distress. DBT is a treatment developed for treating severe and persistent emotional and behavioral issues including self-injury, personality disorders, emotion regulation disorders, suicide and more.

DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan and was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Linehan observed that people with BPD tend to have difficulty regulating emotions. Though the treatment was originally developed to treat BPD, research has shown it is helpful in treating depression, anxiety, self-harm, mood disorders and eating disorders.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT has been found to be especially helpful for those who are struggling with one or more of the following:

  • Managing Emotions
  • Cutting and Self-Injury
  • Anger Management
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Interpersonal Conflicts
  • Confusion About Oneself
In DBT, you will learn about five key areas:
  • Core Mindfulness – staying present, mindful and live in the moment
  • Emotion Regulation – managing strong emotions
  • Distress Tolerance – staying nonjudgmental and accepting
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – improving your relationships with others
  • Walking the Middle Path – looking at all sides of a situation and finding balance

We Can Help

Counseling involves a collaborative process where you work with a trained professional who will support you in resolving personal conflicts and emotional difficulties. Common concerns focused on in DBT include:

Collaborative Counseling offers both individual DBT and group DBT services. Contact Us for more info.

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