|Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a research-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment originally developed by Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, to help clients with the suicidal and self-harm behaviors often seen in Borderline Personality Disorder.
DBT has since then been modified as a treatment for other complex and challenging mental disorders that involve emotional dysregulation, such as dual diagnoses, PTSD, eating disorders and severe mood disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Major depression. Clients with these disorders often have great difficulty managing the emotional and relational crises of their lives because they lack the needed behavioral coping skills.
Using both acceptance and change strategies, DBT asks both patient and therapist to find a balance between accepting reality as it is, and maintaining a strong commitment to change. Such treatment is ideally offered in an environment that is warm and validating, while attempting to offer enough challenge and guidance to effect behavioral change and reduction of harmful behaviors. The goal is to help clients create “a life worth living.”
Research has shown that DBT treatment is most effective when it includes:
Melinda Carlisle currently practices as an intensively trained DBT Therapist and DBT Skills trainer and partcipates on a DBT consultation team. Her program offers all of the required components of a the research based model of Dialectical behavior Therapy.
DBT Therapy Options
What are Skills Training Groups?
|Weekly DBT skills training groups are didactic groups that use a step-by-step format to teach four sets of skills: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
These topics are covered through leader presentation, group discussion, handout materials, structured homework and homework review.