Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive therapy conceived by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington in the late 1980s. DBT helps people develop open-mindedness and flexibility as a foundation for regulating emotions and changing patterns of behavior.
The word “dialectical” means that two ideas can be true at the same time. Over the course of the group, we return to this concept as a way to let go of extreme thoughts and emotions and solve problems more effectively.
Our group references Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition (2015), since many of the techniques utilized in DBT come from the work and research of Dr. Linehan.