Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness. Research indicates that DBT is effective in treating patients who present symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury. Recent work suggests its effectiveness with sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): An Evidence-Based Treatment Option for Individuals with Dual Diagnosis
DBT’s aim in creating a validating environment is to teach the individual to trust and validate her own emotions, thoughts,