What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, is a type of behavioral therapy that helps those struggling with emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance issues. While it is very effective at treating those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), it can also be very effective at treating those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, substance use and a variety of other symptoms. In fact, the skills taught in the group can be effective for almost any individual. DBT was created by Marsha Linehan in the 1980’s adding mindfulness and validation strategies to existing behavior and emotional modification strategies, balancing the need for both acceptance AND change, two opposing forces.