Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically validated treatment model designed to address problems of extreme emotion dysregulation, parasuicidal and suicidal behaviors. DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan in the late 1980's after other treatment protocols were unsuccessful in decreasing the chronic behaviors of a specific diagnostic group.
DBT is best described as a synthesis of mindfulness, behavioral science, and dialectical philosophy. Together these elements are used to decrease severely dysfunctional behaviors and increase skillful living.
DBT reframes dysfunctional behaviors as part of an individuals learned problem solving. Therapy emphasizes active problem solving techniques, skills training, and validation.
Amy J. Hunter, Ed.D., LPC
Specialty in DBT and DBT-PE