Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based intervention that draws on elements of Zen Buddhism and traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The goal of DBT is to help clients build a life worth living. Many individuals can benefit from DBT treatment, which is generally short-term and focuses on behavioral change. Research has shown DBT to be an effective intervention for a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, disordered eating, and addiction.
Skills training is a core component of DBT. These skills, which fall into 4 categories: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness, teach clients how to cope with life more effectively through the use of numerous strategies including diary cards, homework, and in-session practice.