Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the most popular form of treatment for BPD. Developed by BPD expert Marsha Linehan, DBT consists of individual psychotherapy once a week and DBT skills training in a group setting. DBT skills are designed to help people manage their intense emotions. DBT may also involve the family and other supporters in the treatment process. It is recommended that the therapy and skills training be administered by a DBT certified therapist. Several studies have shown that DBT is effective in reducing suicide attempts and other self-harming behaviors as well as improving interpersonal relationships.