What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the most effective treatments available for people who are chronically suicidal or engage in self-harm or other high-risk behaviors.
DBT is based on an integration of Western cognitive behavioral therapy with Eastern contemplative practice. The therapy was originally created to treat people with borderline personality disorder in a typical outpatient setting. Because of its great therapeutic success, it is now used to treat a variety of mental health conditions in a wide range of settings.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center offers this powerful therapy through its partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs at the Herrick Campus. These programs offer day treatment mental health services to people who need more care than what is provided in most traditional outpatient settings.