Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

“Accept what you can’t change.

Change what you can’t accept.”

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of evidence-based psychotherapy that has been highly researched, originally developed from CBT to treat those with relational difficulties and self-destructive behaviors. Nowadays, DBT has become widely used for a variety of issues and concerns, to help individuals manage negative emotions, cope with stress, and decrease relationship conflict. 


Formal DBT treatment would consist of both group therapy and individual therapy and a multidisciplinary treatment team. In the context of using DBT in our outpatient office setting, there is no group components or treatment team at our office; this is not a formal DBT treatment center. However, aspects of DBT coping skills are taught to individuals and incorporated into their regular individual psychotherapy. DBT teaches strategies on how to cope with stress, recognize and regulate emotions, improve interpersonal communication and relationships with others, and live in the present moment.