Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (as well as self-harm behaviours). It is widely accepted as the goal standard treatment for this population It is also especially effective for individuals who have difficulty managing and regulating their emotions.
“Dialectical” means to combine opposite ideas. DBT aims to help a person accept the reality of their present situation and behaviours as well as helping them unlearn unhelpful behaviours, e.g. problematic efforts to control negative, intense emotions and replace them with healthier and more appropriate ways of coping.