Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a therapy developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. The three components of DBT, individual psychotherapy, group skills training, and between session coaching, help people learn and use new skills to manage strong feelings and to find their way into a life worth living. The DBT skills are taught in eight week group classes that cover mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
DBT is now recognized as an effective evidence-based psychological treatment for this people who struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder and suicidality. DBT is also helpful in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
The term “dialectical” means a synthesis, or integration, of opposites. The primary dialectic within DBT is between the goals acceptance and change. DBT therapists accept clients as they are while also recognizing they need to change in order to reach their goals. The skills taught in DBT are balanced between acceptance and change. There are two sets of acceptance-oriented skills (mindfulness and distress tolerance) and two sets of change-oriented skills (emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness).
At Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy we offer DBT skills training groups and individual DBT sessions including between session coaching. In skills training groups lectures and discussions will teach you to manage emotions, have better relationships, and get through periods of distress. Individual DBT therapy helps you stay motivated, understand what triggers difficult impulses, and use skills to improve your life.