Types of Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Marsha Linehan

DBT combines cognitive and behavioral therapy, incorporating methodologies from various practices including Eastern mindfulness technique. DBT is based on the acceptance of the client’s behaviour, which can help some client’s with very intense emotions to not feel rejected. DBT treatment also requires confrontation, commitment and patient responsibility, on the one hand, and on the other, focuses considerable therapeutic energy on accepting and validating the patient's current condition while simultaneously teaching a broad range of behavioral skills. Confrontation is balanced by support. The therapeutic task, over time, is to balance this focus on acceptance with a corresponding focus on change.