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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an effective approach towards the resolution of borderline personality disorder (BPD) developed by Marsha Linehan.

DBT treatment consists of 2 parts:

1. individual ongoing therapy and
2. specific skills training

Both parts of the tDBT process are to be done in a face-to-face setting; phone and skype variants are not recommended.

Twice a week attendance is a minimum for an effective change process., though in some cases once a week may be beneficial.


It is a comprehensive cognitive behavioural treatment within a biosocial framework. There is a strong emphasis on the building of personal skills and of empowerment.

A DBT therapy usually entails increasing skills in the four areas of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, management of distress, and better regulation of emotions.

It assists the individual to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and how they function in the world through chain analysis. Generalization and implementation of skills is achieved through coaching.
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