Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a research-based mental health treatment developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan and her colleagues at the University of Washington. DBT combines principles and practices of Behaviorism, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eastern Mindfulness, Biosocial Theory, and Dialectics.
DBT was originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD) , which is characterized by symptoms of emotional dysregulation (extreme sensitivity), “black and white” thinking, chronic feelings of emptiness, thoughts or attempts of suicide or self-harm, inappropriate outbursts of anger, impulsivity, and a chronic instability in mood, behavior, sense of identity and relationships.
Over the past several years, the DBT model of therapy has been adapted to treat a broader range of mental health disorders, including: mood disorders (depression & bipolar), anxiety disorders (posttraumatic stress, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder), eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm in teens, and couples and relationship conflict.
How the DBT Model of Therapy Works (read more)