Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT®) is a highly structured approach to treatment, which when done in its full capacity (aka “adherently”) includes weekly individual sessions, weekly group skills classes, phone coaching with the individual therapist, and weekly consultation meetings attended by the individual therapist and other DBT® clinicians. DBT® therapists aim to work with their clients to analyze their behavior, use acceptance and change-based strategies, and increase the ability to tolerate distress, regulate emotions, effectively interact with others, and improve mindfulness. This is an intense type of therapy originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals and people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) diagnoses. It has since been shown to be effective in a much broader population. Clients and families who struggle with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other problems with living have all found incorporating DBT® to be beneficial.
**The use of the ® symbol following “DBT” denotes therapists at LWL have completed intensive training through Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech Institute and are able to offer all key components of DBT®, granting us fit in providing adherent treatment.