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What is DBT

DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan.  Visit Behavioral Tech to learn more about DBT's principle-based approach. DBT views psychological challenges as caused by difficulty regulating emotions and ineffective behavioral patterns.  DBT is based on a dialectical world view of embracing opposing ideas simultaneously.  A fundamental dialectic in DBT is the balance of acceptance and change.   DBT combines evidence based change skills from CBT and acceptance based skills from the Zen tradition.  DBT takes a behavioral perspective to do behavioral analysis in individual therapy, to understand what factors in our environment and ourselves influence our behavior, and to build skills to have more effective behavior. 

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