What is DBT?

  • Dialectical
  • Behavior
  • Therapy

What does dialectical mean?

It means 2 opposing ideas can be true at the same time, and when thought about together, can create a new truth and a new way of viewing the situation. There is always more than 1 way to think about a situation.


  • Is an effective treatment for people who have a hard time controlling their emotions and behaviors.
  • Aims to replace problem behaviors with skillful behaviors.
  • Teaches people skills to help them experience a range of emotions without acting on those emotions.
  • Teaches skills to help teens navigate relationships in their environment, such as family, school, and peers.
  • Helps people create a life worth living.

Target Behaviors

What are target behaviors?

  • Behaviors to decrease.
  • Behaviors that cause harm to self and others.
  • Behaviors that interfere with daily functioning.

Examples are:

  • Suicidal ideation    
  • Risky behaviors
  • Self-harm    
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Substance use    
  • Impulsivity
  • Avoidance

Medical Services