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  • Mandie Maurer

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? (Pt. 1: Overview)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT was originally developed by Marsha Linehan to help individuals struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder. Since its origination, studies have shown DBT is effective in the treatment of most common mental health challenges. The central goal of DBT is to increase ones ability to regulate emotions, increasing peace and balance in our minds and lives. Further, in line with the commonly-experienced symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT targets struggles such as emptiness, intense anger/frustration, interpersonal relationship instability, depression, suicidality and anxiety. This method of therapy includes four main modules—Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness--all of which help the individual strengthen the core skills in regulating emotions. Two of the core tenants of DBT are the concepts of Dialectics and the Wise Mind. In Part 2 & 3 of this series looking at DBT, I’ll address these two concepts.

For more on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, you may refer to the following article on Psych Central


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