What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based therapeutic intervention that utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and tries to change negative thinking patterns while pushing for positive behavioral changes. It focuses on problem solving and acceptance-based strategies to bring together opposite concepts such as change and acceptance. It was created by psychologist, Dr. Marsha Linehan.
You might be asking yourself "how does this differ from cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly practiced forms of therapy today. It’s focus is on helping people learn how their thoughts can actually change their feelings and behaviors. It is usually time-limited and goal-focused as practiced by most psychotherapists.
Where CBT works on changing thought patterns, DBT works to change how we manage our emotional responses and behaviors to situations.
Both CBT and DBT can incorporate exploring an individual’s past or history, to help an individual better understand how it may have impacted their current situation. However, discussion of one’s past is not a focus in either form of therapy, nor is it a differentiation between the two forms.
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