What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

comprehensive dbtDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skill-building therapeutic approach developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan, PhD. DBT was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but it has proven effective for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

DBT is an evidence-based treatment modality that has been extensively researched in numerous clinical trials. Research indicates that, through DBT therapy and DBT skills groups, you can learn healthy coping skills that can help you to make a lasting recovery from your psychiatric disorder or addiction.

DBT Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy uses three methods of treatment: individual DBT therapy, DBT skills groups, and phone coaching. A DBT therapist will be in charge of your treatment and take the lead on your DBT team. During DBT treatment, you are encouraged to engage in phone coaching between in-person sessions with your therapist, especially if you are contemplating self-harmful behavior.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy organizes treatment into stages and goals. The stages of DBT focus on the following behaviors:

DBT Skills Groups

The cornerstone of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is DBT skills. These skills are taught in DBT groups and focus on improving emotional, behavioral, and cognitive instability. DBT groups focus on the development of the following four skills:

DBT Treatment at the DBT West Los Angeles

The DBT Center of Los Angeles is a leading residential, day treatment, and outpatient center specializing in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We also provide DBT treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, and eating disorders.

At our DBT center on the Westside of Los Angeles, you will receive comprehensive DBT therapy, including individual DBT therapy sessions, DBT skills groups, and phone coaching, depending on which program you are enrolled in. Based on your individual needs, you may also receive psychiatric services and a variety of small specialized groups. All of our DBT therapists are trained in the DBT model of treatment.

DBT LA is the only treatment center on the West Coast that offers a full continuum of DBT treatment programs, including residential, day treatment, and outpatient DBT programs, to help you achieve lasting recovery.

If you, or a loved one, are struggling with an issue and need Dialectical Behavior Therapy, please call us at (866) 665-8465 to ask questions and receive a free assessment. Or submit the form below:

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