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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) DBT was created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., a psychologist and researcher at the University of Washington. It falls under the cognitive or CBT umbrella, and is unique in its skill building and focus on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Largely routed in Buddhist principles, DBT has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for a variety of mental health concerns, primarily with borderline personality disorder, but also with mood disorders, anxiety, sexual abuse, and addictions.