Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Best Therapeutic Teen Boarding Schools Offering Teen Dialectical Behavioral TherapyDialectical behavior therapy (DBT) combines cognitive and behavioral therapies to teach teens healthy ways to handle painful emotions through non-judgmental acceptance and change. Originally developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT uses four skill sets – interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and mindfulness – to improve teenagers’ coping skills. The skill set teens gain during treatment can be used in any setting and has been proven effective by scientific research in improving self-awareness and quality of life.