Comprehensive DBT

What Is Comprehensive DBT?

DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based, comprehensive system of therapy created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, psychologist and researcher at the University of Washington. DBT aims to effectively treat people suffering from complex, chronic, emotional, and behavioral problems. DBT was originally developed to treat people meeting criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder; however, DBT is also proven to be highly effective in treating people suffering from life-threatening and quality-of-life-threatening behaviors including:

  • Suicidality.
  • Self-harm.
  • Impulsive self-destructive behaviors.
  • Chaotic and volatile interpersonal relationships.
  • Anxiety and panic disorders.
  • Mood disorders.
  • Substance abuse problems.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Anger problems.
  • Other severe mood and behavioral problems.

DBT’s treatment philosophy aims primarily at helping each person find an effective balance or ‘synthesis’ between acceptance and change, while learning new and more effective ways to cope. DBT teaches people to live a Life Worth Living!

Comprehensive DBT consists of weekly or sometimes twice weekly individual DBT sessions with a Linehan-trained DBT therapist, weekly attendance to DBT Skills Training, and DBT Skills Coaching offered between sessions by the DBT therapist. An important component of Comprehensive DBT is having the DBT clinician and the DBT Skills trainer attend a mandatory weekly DBT Consultation Team. During the weekly DBT Consultation Team meeting, the DBT treatment is applied for the clinicians while maintaining fidelity to the DBT model, thus enhancing DBT’s delivery in client sessions and ensuring all clinicians receive adequate support, training, and consultation for every component of DBT. DBT therapy is structured to balance acceptance, change, and dialectical strategies, while using specific outcome measures to ensure progress is measurable, consistent, and successful. For additional information regarding Comprehensive DBT, visit Marsha Linehan’s website for DBT.