What is dialectical behavior therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been found to be especially helpful for those who experience painfully intense emotions. Originally developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, DBT has since found a place in the treatment of a wide variety of distressing conditions, including bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, depression and suicidal urges.

Clients with conditions like these may be suffering greatly, yet find therapy especially challenging. They may feel judged and misunderstood when they hear their problems are caused by their own uncontrollable emotions. They may even have had therapists give up on them, considering them impossible to treat.


How does DBT work?

At the heart of DBT is non-judgmental acceptance of the client for who they are. From there, emphasis is on learning to recognize emotional triggers and respond to those triggers in ways that reduce, rather than escalate, conflict. The aim is a healthy balance between acceptance and change.


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DBT is just one of many forms of therapy we can draw on to create a treatment plan suited to your unique needs.

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