What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that is used to treat people with a wide variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and other problems in living. Originally developed in the 1980s by psychologist Dr. Marsha Linehan to help people with chronic suicidal and self-injurious thinking and urges, this approach is now widely used to create real and lasting changes for clients with many different types of mental and chemical health problems.

DBT uniquely emphasizes the fluid movement between acceptance and change. In DBT, we believe that people do the best they can and need to learn new behaviors to have more satisfying lives. Our therapists work to support and validate our clients and to help them develop the motivation to learn and practice new life skills.

MHS is Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) certified and a nationally accredited provider of Adherent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We also have DBT programs for adults, adolescents, early adolescents, and the Horizons DBT program for adults with developmental disabilities. MHS also offers an Integrated Dual Disorder DBT program for people with co-occurring mental and chemical health disorders.

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