Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment. DBT has been adapted for behavioral disorders involving emotional dysregulation, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), binge eating, depression, suicidal adolescents/adults, and can be used in a variety of settings.
The orientation of DBT treatment is to stabilize the client and achieve behavioral control, to resolve problems that interfere with a life worth living, and to find acceptance and contentment.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) utilizes motivation, acceptance, and a dialectical worldview to address individual capability deficits.
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.