Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach developed by Marsha Linehan that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.
DBT helps these individuals to learn skills that help them to better cope with their emotional activation and to refrain from the negative behaviors that are sometimes associated with this such as self injury, suicide attempts or threats and interpersonal conflict.
Our therapists are specially trained to offer DBT in a structured environment to assist the client in incremental development of skills and emotional regulation.