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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy — or talk therapy — that uses a cognitive-behavioral approach. It was developed by Marsha Linehan PhD, for patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and has proven to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, self-harm, and psychiatric hospitalizations.

The theory behind DBT treatment is that some people are inclined to respond in a more intense manner in emotional situations that involve romantic, friend, or family relationships. BPD patients often have extreme emotional swings, view situations in unequivocal terms, and seem to constantly jump from one crisis to another. These reactions are difficult for friends and family to understand and leaves the individual without coping strategies for their intense feelings. DBT teaches them skills to do this.

Comprehensive Adherent DBT usually takes a minimum of six months up to a full year for a patient to achieve results. Another option for some patients is DBT-informed therapy. This option does not use all the components of comprehensive DBT but may still help patients achieve noticeable results.

DBT can also be used to treat substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, depression, or in combination with other treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


DBT-informed treatment applies principles from comprehensive DBT but does not require all phases to be applied to complete treatment. With this option, patients learn the most needed methods to manage their individual behavior. Patients who are not suicidal, for example, may benefit from a more personalized approach available through DBT-informed treatment.


Patients are taught new behavior skills so they are less likely to overreact to emotional situations, especially those involving close relationships. During weekly sessions, both individual and group, patients learn necessary coping skills that include:
Interpersonal effectiveness 
Emotional regulation 
Distress tolerance 


Comprehensive DBT is usually the most effective approach for patients with severe symptoms. A licensed therapist can help determine if comprehensive or DBT-informed treatment is the right approach. DBT therapy has proven to be an effective option for those who have found other forms of therapy to be ineffective. An initial assessment will be needed to determine which path is necessary. If adherent and comprehensive DBT is required referrals will be provided.

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Providing therapy services for both Florida and Georgia communities

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