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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness.   DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with mood disorders, including self-injury, chemical dependency, sexual and physical abuse survivors and chemical dependency.


DBT was devised by Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington in Seattle and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in a wealth of research in the past decade.

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