DBT stands for dialectical behaviour therapy. This approach was originally shown to be effective by Dr Marsha Linehan in 1997, who employed it to help women with borderline personality disorder.
As efficiency in the NHS has become the current focus, specialist DBT approaches have become more difficult to access. Linehan’s original group ran for two or more years, alongside one to one therapy support and Therapist supervision.
Research to adapt DBT to individual settings is growing and several authors suggest DBT needs to be made available more flexibly to suit client individual needs, as part of their wider therapy.
DBT has been used to help people who have chronic self harm, difficulties in relationships and problems regulating their emotions.
Marsha M. Linehan. Dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder. 1987. Guilford press.
Marsha M. Linehan. Dialectical behaviour Therapy - skills training manual. Second Edition. 2015. Guilford press.
Lane Pederson, Cortney Pederson. The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition: DBT for Self-Help and Individual & Group Settings. 2017. PESI publishing media.