Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment that was designed and researched to treat adolescents and adults with a range of problem behaviours, typically related to difficulty regulating emotions. DBT is considered the most researched and evidence-based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). However research has shown that DBT is not just for BPD; it is helpful for anyone with problems regulating intense emotions. DBT has the strongest research support of any intervention for teens and adults with suicidal or self-harm behaviour and has also proven to be effective in treating addictive and eating disordered behaviours.

Developed at the University of Washington by Marsha Linehan, PHd, ABPP, Comprehensive DBT is an evidence-based treatment for people who have difficulty managing intense emotions. DBT is “evidenced-based” because there is a wealth of research that has demonstrated its effectiveness. The first randomised controlled trial (RCT) was published by Marsha Linehan in 1991. This study showed that DBT resulted in significant improvements for women diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and struggling with suicidal and self-harm behaviours. Since then DBT has been extensively researched for individuals with a range of mental health problems around the world. To visit the Linehan Institute website and read more about the research on DBT click here.

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