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About DBT

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for people who struggle with intense emotions. DBT helps such individuals learn to understand, change, and cope with their emotions more effectively, and to have the life that they want.

DBT is a combination of two approaches to treatment: cognitive-behavioural therapy, which involves changing thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that cause problems, and mindfulness, which involves learning to accept reality and to control attention. In DBT, clients learn to change behaviour patterns that cause problems, while also accepting their experiences and emotions.

DBT was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington as a treatment to help people who had attempted suicide multiple times. Since then, DBT has been found to be an effective therapy for a range of different problems. DBT works for people who struggle with problems such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), suicidal thoughts or behaviour, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders, anger management, depression, anxiety, impulsive behaviours, and relationship problems.

There are four different components of a DBT program:

1.) Individual Therapy

2.) DBT Skills Group

3.) Phone Coaching

4.) Therapist Consultation Team

A truly comprehensive DBT program must include all four of these treatment components. We offer such a program at the Toronto DBT Centre, and therefore provide treatment that is based on the most rigorous scientific evidence available.

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