Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach originally designed to treat the problems of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) who are chronically suicidal and has more recently been adapted for use with other populations as well. DBT views the fundamental problem in BPD as pervasive emotion dysregulation that leads to maladaptive behaviors (e.g., suicide attempts) in an effort to control emotions. The DBT therapist aims to teach more effective emotion regulation strategies so that the individual can solve problems and reach ultimate life goals. Standard DBT is an outpatient treatment that includes several components: weekly individual therapy, weekly skills training delivered in a group class format, phone coaching (as needed) by the individual therapist, and a weekly meeting of the DBT treatment team ...

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