Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at the Counseling Center serves adolescents and adults in an individual or group setting.
This comprehensive treatment program is for individuals who struggle with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems. DBT is a skills based program that replaces destructive behaviors with more effective skills. The ultimate goal of DBT is to decrease suffering by increasing behaviors that are consistent with a life worth living.