Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

DBT Therapist, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYCDialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan as a treatment for chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder. It has since been adapted for use with clients experiencing a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders.  DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy and includes mindfulness practices adapted from Eastern contemplative traditions.  


What does “dialectical” mean?  In DBT, the dialectical approach means weighing and considering contradictory ideas and facts to work toward resolving that apparent contradiction.  The primary dialectic involves being able to both accept one’s life as it is while working toward changing behaviors that are not effective.


DBT has been adapted for use in many settings. To get the most benefit, it is important for clients to receive both individual therapy and group skills training.


If you are interested in DBT treatment, contact me and see if DBT may be for you.

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