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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy for clients with history of depression, anxiety and self-harm. DBT is meant to strengthen skills of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and it is derived from a philosophical process called dialectics. Dialectics are based on the concept that everything is composed of opposites and change occurs when one opposing force is stronger than the other.

Children’s Friend offers all modalities of DBT for adolescents and their parents: individual DBT, skills training and phone coaching. Research shows that when DBT is offered according to those guidelines it is very effective in creating and maintaining a life worth living.

Please contact our DBT Team Leader, Nevila Weagle, LMHC with questions or for a referral.

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