What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based treatment, which was developed by Marsha Linehan in the early nineties. It was originally created to help individuals who were struggling with life-threatening and self-injurious behaviors. Since then, DBT has been a promising treatment for other clinical as well as non-clinical populations.
DIALECTICS is a philosophy that informs DBT.
In a nutshell, dialectics is the synthesis of opposing perspectives. In other words, two perspectives that seem to contradict each other, can harmonize to illuminate a higher truth; just as the process of fitting together individual pieces of a puzzle gradually reveals a bigger and more complete picture.
The core dialectic in DBT is that between acceptance and change. The following assumptions are balanced throughout the therapeutic process:
We are doing the best we know how in any given moment (acceptance),
We are going to need to work harder and find more effective ways of managing life’s stressors, to have the life we really want (change).