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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (DPD)

Explore the transformative journey of overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) through the lens of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Our Dialectical Behavior Therapists are here to guide you through the process, providing the tools you need to thrive. Your personalized journey to wellness begins with Avedis Recovery – where healing is an art, and your well-being is our priority.

What is DBT Treatment?

DBT Treatment, pioneered by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, is a holistic approach that harmonizes cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices. It's not just a therapeutic intervention, it's a roadmap to rediscovering balance and resilience in the face of emotional turmoil.

What are Other Names
for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is sometimes referred to by different names or variations, reflecting its diverse applications and adaptations. Here are some alternative names or terms associated with DBT therapy:

DBT Skills Training

as DBT incorporates skill-building components, particularly in the areas of emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance, it may be referred to as skills training.

Linehan's DBT

named after its creator, Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, this term acknowledges the originator of the therapy and may be used to distinguish it from other therapeutic approaches.

Mindfulness-Based DBT

emphasizing the integration of mindfulness practices within DBT, this term underscores the importance of being present in the moment.

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DBT Symptoms and Diagnostic

To be diagnosed with BPD, an individual must exhibit a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotions.

Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment:

Individuals with BPD often go to extreme lengths to avoid being alone, even if it means tolerating unhealthy or abusive relationships.

Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships:

Relationships are marked by extreme idealization and devaluation, leading to a cycle of intense, unstable connections with others.

Identity disturbance:

A markedly and persistently unstable self-image, characterized by shifting goals, values, and vocational aspirations.

Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging:

This can include substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating, or engaging in unsafe sex.

Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior:

Individuals with BPD may engage in self-harming behaviors as a way of coping with intense emotions.

Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood:

Rapid mood swings, intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety that lasts a few hours to a few days.

Chronic feelings of emptiness

Individuals with BPD often experience a persistent sense of emptiness and boredom.

Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger

Frequent and intense displays of anger, often disproportionate to the situation.

Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

Brief, stress-induced episodes of paranoia or dissociation

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Objective: Cultivate a state of active, open attention to the present moment.

Application: Engage in mindfulness exercises to observe thoughts and feelings without judgment. This fosters awareness, non-reactivity, and a grounded presence in the current experience.

Distress Tolerance

Objective: Increase tolerance of negative thoughts and emotions without resorting to harmful coping mechanisms.

Application: Learn strategies to endure distressing situations without making them worse. Embrace distress as an opportunity for personal growth rather than escape.

Emotion Regulation

Objective: Manage and transform intense emotions to foster emotional stability.

Application: Acquire skills to identify, label, and understand emotions. Develop strategies for changing or coping with emotions, preventing impulsive reactions and promoting healthier emotional responses.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Objective: Improve communication and relationship skills to navigate conflicts effectively.

Application: Learn techniques for assertive communication, setting boundaries, and resolving conflicts. Build skills to maintain self-respect while strengthening important relationships.

Individual Therapy

Objective: Address individual needs, set treatment goals, and provide personalized guidance.

Application: Engage in one-on-one sessions with a trained therapist to work on specific challenges, set goals, and receive support tailored to your unique situation.

Group Therapy

Objective: Foster a supportive community for shared learning and experiences.

Application: Participate in group sessions where individuals with similar challenges come together. Group therapy provides a sense of community, motivation, and an opportunity to learn from others' perspectives.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Objective: Address co-occurring mental health issues and support recovery.

Application: In cases of substance use disorders, DBT may be complemented by medication, such as Naltrexone, Campral, or Antabuse, as part of a comprehensive MAT approach.

Comprehensive Approach

Objective: Provide a holistic treatment addressing various aspects of an individual's well-being.

Application: DBT aligns with federal laws mandating comprehensive treatment. It engages individuals in their recovery, reshapes behaviors, and addresses co-occurring mental health issues, ensuring a personalized and thorough approach.

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What is DBT therapy used for?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is primarily used for the treatment of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, over the years, DBT has proven effective for a range of other mental health conditions and challenges.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):

DBT was originally developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan to specifically address the symptoms and challenges associated with BPD. It helps individuals regulate intense emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and develop coping mechanisms to manage impulsive behaviors and suicidal thoughts.

Self-Harm and Suicidal Behavior:

DBT is particularly effective in reducing self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation. It equips individuals with skills to manage emotional distress and develop alternative coping strategies.

Substance Use Disorders:

DBT has been adapted for use in treating individuals with substance use disorders, helping them manage cravings, regulate emotions, and build skills to resist the urge to use substances impulsively.

Eating Disorders:

DBT has shown promise in the treatment of eating disorders, especially when combined with other therapeutic approaches. It addresses issues related to emotional dysregulation, self-image, and interpersonal difficulties that often coexist with eating disorders.


DBT incorporates mindfulness and emotion regulation techniques that can be beneficial for individuals struggling with depression. It helps them build resilience and coping skills to navigate challenging emotions.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

some elements of DBT, particularly the mindfulness component, have been integrated into treatments for PTSD to help individuals manage trauma-related symptoms and improve emotional regulation.

Bipolar Disorder:

DBT skills, especially those related to emotion regulation and distress tolerance, can be helpful for individuals with bipolar disorder in managing mood swings and preventing impulsive behaviors during manic or depressive episodes.

Anger Management:

DBT provides tools for managing intense and impulsive anger. It helps individuals identify triggers, challenge irrational thoughts, and respond to anger in more adaptive ways.

General Emotional Regulation:

beyond specific diagnoses, DBT is often used to enhance emotional regulation skills for individuals who struggle with intense emotions, regardless of a formal diagnosis.

Sign Up for DBT Counseling Los Angeles CA

  1. Contact Us: Reach out to Avedis Recovery by calling 833.514.0579 or through our online contact form.
  2. Consultation: Schedule an initial consultation to discuss your needs, explore our DBT program, and determine the best course of action.
  3. Personalized Plan: Our team will work with you to create a personalized DBT counseling plan, addressing your specific challenges and goals.
  4. Group Sessions: Engage in transformative group sessions, fostering a sense of community and shared learning.


Don’t wait to unlock the potential for change. Sign up for DBT groups in Los Angeles with Avedis Recovery and take the first step towards a life marked by resilience, balance, and well-being. Your journey to recovery starts here!

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