What You Need to Know about DBT

a woman holding a behavioral therapy cardBorderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a psychological condition characterized by difficulty in regulating emotions. People who experience BPD experience intense emotions for extended periods and find it hard to return to a baseline after an emotionally triggering event.

Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) was created in the late 1980’s to treat BPD, but recent studies show that this treatment can also help with other conditions. In Westport, DBT may help patients live a more functional life.

DBT Defined

Created by Dr. Marsha M Linehan, DBT is a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy originally used to treat people with borderline personality disorder. However, recent studies show that DBT can also be used for the treatment of other conditions.

DBT is a type of talk therapy used for the treatment of bulimia, depression, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It takes the cognitive behavior approach and focuses on the psychosocial aspect of the treatment.

DBT helps individuals improve their ability to regulate emotions, tolerate distress and negative emotion, be mindful and present at any given moment, and communicate and interact effectively with others.

DBT Treatment

DBT draws its roots from the philosophical concept of Dialectics, a process suggesting that everything is composed of opposites. Dialectics states that change occurs when one opposing force is stronger than the other.

That said, DBT assumes that both the providers and the therapists pay equal attention to how the treatment affects them. That means the skills taught by a DBT provider must also be practiced by the provider themselves. They need to know basic behavior therapy techniques and DBT treatment strategies.

DBT treatment comes in three forms: a classroom setting where behavioral skills are taught; individual therapy with a trained professional; and phone coaching. If you feel that you or a loved one can benefit from DBT, look for a mental health professional who is trained in DBT techniques.