Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Zen practice. DBT treats people with issues that range in intensity from mild to severe and include such problems as anger and other emotion management issues, relationship issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidality. DBT is considered the gold standard for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Clinical research shows that DBT can improve one's ability to deal with crisis situations more effectively without resorting to self-destructive behaviors. 17 randomized clinical trials in 14 independent sites have shown that DBT reduces problem behavior, increases emotional stability, reduces/eliminates self-harming, reduces/eliminates suicidal urges/actions (as well as psychiatric hospitalizations), improves functioning and communication in interpersonal relationships, reduces/eliminates alcohol and drug abuse, and reduces/eliminates binge eating and bulimia among other behavioral compulsions.
I am Miami's first therapist certified by Marsha Linehan's Board of Certification and a member of a DBT consultation team of experienced DBT therapists who meet weekly to ensure clients receive the highest level of care.