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What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines aspects of traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with Zen principles focusing on mindfulness, acceptance and being connected to the world.


Originally developed for Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT has been adapted to treat a wide range of issues big and small.


The overall goal of DBT is to create a life worth living so one of the first steps in therapy will be developing an idea of what you want your life to look like, including aspects of your life you’d like to change or keep the same.

Next, you’ll look at what problems may be getting in the way of those life goals and develop a plan with your therapist of how to overcome any obstacles in the way. One of the ways to break through any barriers is to learn the skills taught in DBT.


In addition skills acquisition, DBT uses exposure techniques, problem solving, contingency management, and other thought restructuring approaches to help you make the changes you wish to make.

Your therapist will accept where you are on your journey and help you get to where you want to be.