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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a structured therapeutic approach that combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with concepts from Eastern mindfulness practices. Developed by psychologist Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s, DBT is primarily used to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but has also proven effective for other conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. DBT focuses on teaching clients skills to manage intense emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, tolerate distress, and regulate their reactions to stressors. Central to DBT is the dialectical philosophy, which emphasizes finding a balance between acceptance and change. Through individual therapy, group skills training, phone coaching, and therapist consultation teams, DBT provides comprehensive support tailored to the unique needs of each client, fostering resilience and enhancing their quality of life.

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