Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural treatment originally developed by Marsha Linehan (PhD, ABPP) to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It includes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes focused on learning and using new skills and strategies to enable distressed individuals to develop a life that they experience as worth living.

DBT skills includes those that teach mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. While it is now recognised as the psychological treatment of choice for individuals diagnosed with BPD, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

Marsha Linehan, Founder of DBT

Marsha Linehan, Founder of DBT