Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive treatment model that has been shown to be an extremely effective way to help clients with problems that are linked to emotional, cognitive, or behavioral dysregulation. The goal of this treatment is to help people reduce destructive or impulsive behaviors, to improve their ability to effectively manage crisis situations, to improve their ability to manage intense emotions, and to decrease interpersonal chaos. It is considered an “empirically-supported treatment” because it has been researched in clinical trials just as new medication are tested for effectiveness. This treatment was originally developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD to treat women who have Borderline Personality Disorder and who struggle with a range of self-harm behaviors such as cutting, suicidal thoughts and urges, and suicide attempts. It has now been adapted and found to be helpful in treating men, women, and adolescents who fit a range of diagnoses for which the presenting problems involve emotional and/or behavioral dysregulation—depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and substance abuse problems. In its essence, it is a cognitive-behavioral approach that is encompassed within a dialectical or mindfulness-based philosophy of compassion and respect. It is an intensive treatment that requires a strong commitment from both therapist and client and involves individual work, skills training, and telephone consultation. We are passionate about offering this treatment because it is so gratifying to see people who have struggled for years turn their lives around. It is not right for everyone, but when it is an appropriate choice, it has been shown to be effective over and over again. References on Dialectical Behavior Therapy Behavioral Tech, LLC Research on Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Summary of Data to Date (PDF) Guidelines for Choosing a DBT Therapist