Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Resources

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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Difference

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a skills-based type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT helps clients regulate their emotions, have more successful interpersonal relationships, increase their distress tolerance, and be more mindful of thoughts, feelings, and their environment. Though it was designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT is also effective in treating substance abuse as well as a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Clearview is one of the few treatment programs nationwide to use DBT the way it was intended throughout all levels of care, including our residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient treatment programs. If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse or a mental health disorder, treatment at Clearview may be beneficial. The resources provided on this page are hopefully helpful as you have questions about DBT. If you or a loved one is seeking treatment or has questions about treatment, please reach out to our friendly admissions counselors. Clearview can put you or your loved one on the path to recovery.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) FAQs

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a skills-based type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT helps clients regulate their emotions, have more successful interpersonal relationships, increase their distress tolerance, and be more mindful of their thoughts, feelings, and environment.
There’s not a specific timeline for the development of PTSD after a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can develop relatively soon after a traumatic event or can take years to develop. Delayed PTSD often occurs in people who have experienced childhood sexual or physical abuse. Hidden by emotional constraint or complete emotional severance for years, it’s common for the symptoms of PTSD to manifest suddenly following a major traumatic life event, heightened stress, or an accumulation of stressors over a short period of time that challenge the victim’s emotional defenses.

Yes. In a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), DBT was twice as successful in reducing suicide attempts (and reducing ER visits by half) among those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) compared to other therapies.

Studies have also shown that DBT can significantly reduce anger, depression, self-harm, disordered eating behaviors, and hopelessness. In addition, when used to treat substance abuse, DBT can decrease urges to use, cravings, and physical discomfort from abstaining. Teaching healthier coping skills, DBT helps clients maintain recovery and improve their quality of life.

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Dual Diagnosis Residential

A residential treatment program specializing in treating all genders with complex co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
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Women-only Residential

An internationally known residential treatment program known for its expertise in treating women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, emotional deregulation, and acute psychiatric disorders.
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Ideal as a step down from residential treatment or a step up from traditional outpatient care, we offer Partial Hospitalization (5-days a week) and Intensive Outpatient (3-days a week) programs for all genders.

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