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The Everything Guide to DBT

Your Essential Resource for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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Discover everything you need to know about the popular mindfulness-based DBT therapy used to treat borderline personality disorder as well as a range of other mental health issues.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral treatment developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder. Research has shown that it is also effective for treating other personality disorders, substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In The Everything Guide to DBT, you’ll learn the four sets of behavior skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation—along with the primary dialectic within DBT: acceptance and change. You will learn how to find and work with a therapist specializing in DBT, as well as mindfulness techniques and self-soothing exercises to do on your own.

Ana Trueba, PhD, is a psychologist at the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She focuses on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and integration of mindfulness into treatment. Dr. Trueba received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Trinity University. She went on to complete an MA in clinical psychology, followed by a PhD in the same field, both of which were conferred by Southern Methodist University. Dr. Trueba is an author and coauthor of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has also given several talks nationally and internationally, including a TedTalk in Quito, Ecuador.

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