DBT or dialectical behavioral therapy is a specialized form of cognitive-behavioral treatment designed to teach mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and impulse regulation. The term "dialectical" means a method of resolution by weighing contradictory facts or views. Through this method patients learn that most problems aren't solved because of these seeming contradictions but instead they are managed.
DBT was originally developed for adults with borderline personality disorder that has been applied with success to adolescents and young adults with similar psychological profiles. Since its inception, DBT has been used with a high degree of success for a multitude of psychological conditions. A few of these conditions that have shown a remarkable response to DBT to include:
DBT is an empirically supported technique, meaning that it has been clinically tested for its effectiveness in adolescents and adults. It is a program designed to be provided within a group setting in addition to your regularly scheduled individual psychotherapy, or integrated into your individual psychotherapy. Talk to your therapist and see if DBT is the right choice for you!