What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., has been shown to be an effective intervention for those who experience emotional vulnerability and reactivity, chronic disruptions in relationships, low self-concept, and impulsive behaviors.

DBT is an integration of cognitive behavioral therapy and specific mindfulness skills. Therapeutic focus not only involves change but teaching individuals to mindfully and compassionately accept and tolerate their distress. Although originally created to address symptoms of BPD, research shows that DBT is found to be effective in working with PTSD, mood management, anxiety, and other disorders.

At Centered Counseling & Coaching, PLLC, skills are now taught on an individual basis. If it is determined that you would benefit from DBT in a group setting, appropriate referrals will be made to another DBT program.

Information below explains the different areas of focus for DBT:

Distress Tolerance

Emotion Regulation

Interpersonal Effectiveness