Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a widely researched therapy and is viewed as one of the most effective modalities for treating Borderline Personality Disorder (DBT). Therefore, psychotherapy is currently treating the characteristics that are typically associated with this diagnosis utilizing DBT. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has shown results for treating adolescent suicidality and self-harming behaviours, recreational drug misuse, and depression.
Developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, DBT is a cognitive-behavioural treatment model that encompass the following:
Mindfulness Skills - Skills to promote self-calm and self-esteem, living in the present while utilizing wisdom and insight.
Emotion Regulation Skills - Skills that help manage those intense emotions that are difficult such as anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and anger managment.
Distress Tolerance Skills - Skills that assist with dysregulation such as impulsive and problematic behaviours that include suicide attempts, self-injurious behaviour, and other dangerous behavours.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills - Skills that help build and maintain positive relationships, help letting go of negative and unhealthy relationships, and help create resilience against feelings of abandonment.