Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder.  Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.

What is DBT?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment.  The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships.  DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.

More on DBT…

Source and more on this article:  PsychCentral.com

~~ I welcome people’s opinions and comments who have experienced this type of therapy.  Thanks.


2 thoughts on “Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  1. georgielizabeth says:

    DBT saved my life. 100%. I think it has such a lot going for it because it is one of the few therapies designed for more complex difficulties, such as BPD. It has that lovely mix of changing *and* accepting. I think DBT skills can be useful for a lot of people, not just people who suffer from BPD. It is expensive to offer though, but I would argue that it is cost effective, in the UK demand outstrips need unfortunately with long waiting lists.


    • cherished79 says:

      I’ve never tried this therapy, only ever having individual therapy, but so happy it worked for you. Too bad there is always a high cost involved to conquer one’s illness, and here is Canada it can be offered through public sources or you would have to pay for private therapy. thanks for commenting.


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