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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, is currently the most empirically validated affect regulation treatment for adults and adolescents who struggle to control their emotion and behaviors.  It is a compassionate and modified cognitive behavioral therapy which focuses on both self acceptance and behavioral change.  DBT aims to replace problem behaviors with skillful behaviors.  It helps people experience a full range of emotions without acting on those emotions.  It also help couples and families work through conflicts skillfully and effectively. 

Will I Benefit From DBT?


Participants in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy often  experience some of the following problems: 


  • Uncertainty about what makes you upset before shutting down or lashing out.    

  • Excessive worry about the future and regret about the past. 

  • Feeling stuck in anger and sadness, and unable to relax or enjoy the present moment.     

  • Feeling unreal and not knowing what your purpose is or your goals are.  

  • Fast intense mood changes with little control. 

  • Staying in a bad mood for a long period of time, and only feeling better after lashing out, avoiding, or engaging in unhealthy coping behaviors.

  • Acting without thinking it all through. 

  • Difficulty keeping relationships steady and calm. 

  • Difficulty getting what you want from others.  

  • Being unsure of your values, having trouble sticking with them.  Under social or peer pressure, you are unable to say no effectively.   

  • Feeling lonely and isolated. 

  • Family challenges and couple conflicts.

Problems Treated


Dialectical Behavior Therapy has been proven effective in treating:


  • Borderline Personality Disorder 

  • emotion dysregulation

  • behavior dysregulation

  • depressive symptoms

  • anxiety

  • suicidal behaviors

  • self-injurious behaviors

  • conflictual/negative relationships

  • self identity instability

  • high intensity/conflictual relationships   


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