DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

WHAT IS DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, is a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness practice, and has proven to be effective in helping individuals who are struggling to manage emotions, stress, relationships, and impulsive behavior (i.e. self-injury, suicidality, substance use, eating disorders and risky sexual behavior).

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How Does DBT Help?

What is a DBT Session Like?

Individual therapy usually involves weekly one-to-one sessions with a DBT therapist. Each session lasts approximately 45–60 minutes.

The individuals sessions have a hierarchy of goals:

Your DBT therapist is likely to ask you to fill out diary cards as homework, and bring them to sessions. This is for you to track your emotions and actions, and look for patterns and triggers in your life. You then use this information to decide together what you will work on in each session.

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