What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment. DBT has been adapted for behavioral disorders involving emotional dysregulation, depression, suicidal adolescents/adults, and can be used in a variety of settings.

DBT treatment aims to stabilize the patient and achieve behavioral control, to resolve problems that interfere with a life worth living, and to find acceptance and contentment. All these aims are crucial for teens in crisis, young adults dealing with mental illnesses, or some kids who have experienced trauma.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy uses motivation, acceptance, and a dialectical worldview to address individual capability deficits. What this means is that DBT works on specific areas that individuals struggle with, and addresses those in an individualized way. 

DBT addresses capability deficits through skill development in areas of interpersonal relationship skills, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. DBT also identifies and addresses personal and/or environmental factors that block and/or inhibit a client’s use of behavioral skills and works to eliminate reinforcement of dysfunctional behaviors that impact safety and quality of life. 

DBT enhances behavioral capabilities, improves motivation to change and assures that new capabilities generalize in the natural environment. These functions are divided among modes of service delivery, including individual psychotherapy.

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