What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is a skills-based therapy combining both clinical research on what supports us to manage difficult thoughts and emotions as well as mindfulness, the practice of non-judgmental, present moment awareness.

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Skills to build a life worth living

Developed around 30 years ago by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, DBT is known to support those with the following symptoms. Research shows it also makes a significant impact in treating anxiety and depression.

DBT can help

Emotion disregulation
Borderline personality disorder
Difficulty in interpersonal relationships
Intense emotional swings
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While many other therapies are 'talk-oriented', DBT is a kind of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that supports behavior change through skills acquisition and practice, with a base in mindfulness.

A DBT therapist builds rapport and offers validation and emotional support – while also helping clients identify values, set goals, and work to achieve those goals to build a life worth living.

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What symptoms does DBT treat?

Emotional Reactivity
Stress & Anxiety
Relationship Issues
Procrastination or Avoidance
Bipolar Disorder
Does DBT sound right for you?
Take the first step and reach out to us at East West DBT for a free 15 minute consultation.

We welcome hearing more about what you’re looking for in therapy and skills training and exploring if our work together could be a fit.
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