Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment designed to help people “Build a Life Worth Living.”
DBT incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy with the contemplative practices of mindfulness to teach problem-solving skills that help bring about change. Originally developed to treat clients with borderline personality disorder, DBT has been used successfully with people with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, among other conditions.
People often come to DBT having black or white thinking, seeing things as either/or. This cognitive lens can leave people feeling stuck or hopeless. Dialectics involves learning how to accept the ambiguousness of situations, to tolerate the gray space. Through DBT, people find the synthesis of two conflicting positions. This integration opens up the possibilities for further development and can lead to feelings of hope and the ability to develop.
DBT offers four main capacities to bring about change:
Mindfulness (Being in the moment, using your most wise self, combining your thoughts, feelings, and actions to make good decisions that propel your life forward).
Interpersonal Effectiveness (Working with others to get what you want and say no to what you don’t, while developing high quality relationships and improving your self-respect).
Emotion Regulation (Learning how to develop positive emotions and process negative emotions so that they are not so painful).
Distress Tolerance (Learning how to handle bad situations so you can take care of yourself with positive experiences).
DBT in New York City offers a tremendous opportunity to learn skills. Becoming more skillful at problem solving to build a life worth living is the aim of group and individual therapy. Groups for Emerging Adults, Educators, and University Students are tailored to meet the unique needs of these populations. DBT coaching, DBT Training for Professionals, and Executive Effectiveness Training with Dialectical Behavior Skills can help Executives and Professionals in Business, Healthcare, and Education develop on professional, social, and personal levels to build a life of worth. Individual therapy can help you reach your goals by targeting behaviors that have not been helpful and teaching you how to replace them with more positive ones for the potential of better outcomes. All treatment types aim to help with identity development, social growth, and academic and professional achievement.