Research has shown that Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is effective in treating chronic suicidal ideation and other symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD), in addition to a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. The term “dialectical” means a synthesis or integration of opposites. The primary dialectic within DBT is between the seemingly opposite strategies of acceptance and change. For example, DBT therapists accept clients as they are while also acknowledging that they need to change to reach their goals. In addition, the skills and strategies taught in DBT are balanced in terms of acceptance and change.
The overarching goal of DBT is a life worth living. Clients who commit to participating in DBT will learn skills to help accept certain aspects of their lives while working on changing other aspects. These skills consist of: mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
For more information, please contact Robert Jarrett, LCPC, DBT Program Director at
443-244-8657 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.