What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and is an intensive outpatient therapy for teens and adults who are struggling to manage their emotions, stress, relationships and impulsive behaviors (i.e. self-injury, suicide, drug/alcohol use, eating disorders, anger management, ect). It is a combination of cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practice, and has been shown to be effective in helping individuals with these difficulties.
DBT is an empirically supported treatment. The research on DBT was initially conducted with women who were diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and DBT is now showing to be effective for Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, recurring depression, bipolar, substance abuse, eating disorders and suicidal behaviors, and more.
DBT therapists take a compassionate view, accepting you for who you are while helping you change and work towards your goals. The main goal of DBT is to help you find a life worth living.