Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in a Nutshell

April 25, 2017

Since the method was first developed in the late 1980s, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) has been used to treat patients with various difficulties regulating mental and emotional processes. It has quickly become a very widely used and powerful treatment, seeing results in countless situations. A very adaptable method, DBT is often used in both personal and group therapy, or a mixture of the two, depending on a patient’s needs and comfort level.

DBT was originally created to target Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and is still used today to treat this disorder. BPD is a condition that many people struggle with, in which a patient has difficulty regulating emotions in such a way that often leads to destructive social and personal behaviors, such as self-harm or isolation.

DBT addresses BPD first by providing tools to a patient to help them deal with emotional distress in the moment, and then by providing talk-therapy to the patient in which these tools are explored, expanded, and applied to real-life situations. This method has proven to be effective in adolescents as well as in adults.

Borderline Personality Disorder is not the only difficulty which DBT is used to address. It has been proven to be a very strong method for addressing problems such as substance abuse, eating disorders, and anger management as well. If a disorder arises from or is linked to a harmful behavioral pattern, in most circumstances it can be treated with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

This helpful breakdown of DBT from the Center for Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies explains DBT in depth and is a great resource to look into if you are considering whether DBT may be right for your child’s needs: http://www.cdcbt.com/dialectical.html.

If your child is struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, or another difficulty which you believe may benefit from intensive therapeutic intervention, contact us at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families today for a free, confidential assessment to determine what plan of action is best for your child: https://www.casapacifica.org/.



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