What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an effective, empirically supported, cognitive-therapy based intervention system for teaching skills that will help in coping with sudden, intense surges of emotion. It is effective in both individual therapy as well as group settings. This overview from Psych Central gives a background on DBT and when and how it is used to help improve clients’ lives. The founder of DBT, Marsha Linehan, provides insight on DBT on The Linehan Institute website as well.

DBT is commonly used in in-patient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. The Juniper Center provides ongoing support and care for adults ages 18+ to transition back to their daily lives. “DBT is very effective to help individuals who are experiencing depression and anxiety or emotional deregulation,” says Mariann Smith, LCPC, LMFT, CADC.

Smith provides Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for The Juniper Center in the Northfield and Park Ridge Offices. Dr. Mark Maluga, PhD, LCPC, provides DBT in the Park Ridge and Chicago Offices. Dr. Maluga specializes in working with mental health issues experienced by adults living with terminal or chronic disease, including cancer, HIV and pain management.

For more information about DBT or to connect to a therapist at The Juniper Center for care, please contact us today.