Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy is a relatively new form of therapy designed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. It was originally intended to treat patients suffering from suicidal thoughts, but it is now the standard therapeutic method for treating borderline personality disorder.
Dialectical behavior therapy is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy that incorporates additional skills that help patients regulate their emotions, organize their thoughts, and develop stronger coping mechanisms. Mindfulness, acceptance, and distress tolerance are major components of dialectical behavior therapy, and they help patients with borderline personality disorder become more accepting and secure in their emotions.
This form of therapy is typically broken down into individual therapy, group skills, telephone support, and weekly support meetings for therapists to ensure the effectiveness of treatment. Studies show dialectical behavior therapy has been highly effective in treating borderline personality disorder.