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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT integrates Zen philosophy with behavioral science, emphasizing a central "dialectic" of acceptance and change. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues over 30 years ago, this active, skill-based therapy aims to reduce interpersonal chaos, unpredictable moods, and impulsive decision-making.

A core component of DBT is mindfulness—the practice of focusing attention deliberately and remaining present in the moment. In today's demanding and chaotic world, mastering this skill can be particularly beneficial. DBT also teaches skills in distress tolerance (managing anxiety and crises without exacerbating problems), emotion regulation (identifying and managing intense emotions while decreasing vulnerability), and interpersonal effectiveness (developing and maintaining healthy relationships, respecting oneself, and achieving personal goals).

DBT empowers individuals to build a meaningful life. While originally designed for Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT's principles and adaptations have proven effective for addressing a wide range of concerns. If you believe DBT could support your journey, please reach out to discuss how we can help further.