Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based proven therapy for disorders of behavior and emotional regulation. DBT combines practical behavior science with mindfulness and contemplative practices. DBT is designed to help people suffering. It has been used to treat mood disorders as well as those who need to change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states. This helps to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions. DBT assumes that people are doing their best, but lack the skills needed to succeed. They are influenced by positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement that interferes with their ability to function appropriately.