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Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

"Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens  relationships."

Research Articles

This is a subset of research available

  • Andreasson, K., Krogh, J., Wenneberg, C., Jessen, H. K. L., Krakauer, K., Gluud, C., Thomsen, R., Randers, L., & Nordentoft, M. (2016). Effectiveness Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy versus Collaborative Assessment And Management Of Suicidality Treatment For reduction of self-harm in adults with Borderline Personality Traits And Disorder-A randomized observer-blinded clinical trial. Depression and Anxiety, 33(6), 520–530.

  • Bohus, M., Haaf, B., Stiglmayr, C., Pohl, U., Böhme, R., & Linehan, M. (2000). Evaluation of inpatient Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder — A prospective study. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 38(9), 875–887.

  • Bohus, M., Haaf, B., Simms, T., Limberger, M. F., Schmahl, C., Unckel, C., Lieb, K., & Linehan, M. M. (2004). Effectiveness of inpatient Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42(5), 487–499.

  • Bohus, M., Kleindienst, N., Hahn, C., Müller-Engelmann, M., Ludäscher, P., Steil, R., Fydrich, T., Kuehner, C., Resick, P., Stiglmayr, C., Schmahl, C., & Priebe, K. (2020). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD) compared with Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in complex presentations of PTSD in women survivors of childhood abuse. JAMA Psychiatry.

  • Carter, G. L., Willcox, C. H., Lewin, T. J., Conrad, A. M., & Bendit, N. (2010). Hunter DBT project: Randomized controlled trial of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in women with Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(2), 162–173.

  • Courbasson, C., Nishikawa, Y., & Dixon, L. (2011). Outcome of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for concurrent eating and substance use disorders. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 19(5), 434–449.

  • Coyle, T. N., Shaver, J. A., & Linehan, M. M. (2018). On the potential for iatrogenic effects of psychiatric crisis services: The example of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adult women with Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(2), 116–124.

  • Dimeff, L., McDavid, J., & Linehan, M. (1999). Pharmacotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A review of the literature and recommendations for treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 6, 113–138.

  • Dimeff, L. A., Rizvi, S. L., & Koerner, K. (2021). Dialectical Behavior Therapy in clinical practice: Applications across disorders and settings. The Guilford Press.

  • Farmer, R. F., & Chapman, A. L. (2016). Behavioral interventions in Cognitive Therapy: Practical guidance for putting theory into action (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

  • Feigenbaum, J. D., Fonagy, P., Pilling, S., Jones, A., Wildgoose, A., & Bebbington, P. E. (2011). A real-world study of the effectiveness of DBT in the UK National Health Service. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51(2), 121–141.

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