Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Cultivating Emotional Resilience

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a specialized branch of cognitive behavioral therapy that emphasizes the regulation of emotions and healthier coping skills. Clients at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center are realizing tremendous benefits by participating in this treatment.

Building a Life Worth Living

Our licensed therapists will work with you to define treatment goals and get you where you need to be. We can help you create a life worth living without engaging in destructive thoughts and behaviors. Learn more about dialectical behavior therapy at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center and see how we can help you get on the road to a healthy, joyful life.


Dialectical behavioral therapy was developed in the late 1980s to treat chronically suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Since then, ample research has demonstrated that DBT is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders, including:


In dialectical behavior therapy, clients learn new skills to manage their emotions and decrease conflict in their relationships. DBT does this by focusing on four key areas:


Therapists teach mindfulness skills to help clients learn how to take stock of their current situation and be aware of their emotions. When you learn how to be present in the moment and accept what you’re feeling, you can better manage your response to conflict.

Distress tolerance

Learning distress tolerance skills increases a client’s ability to handle negative emotions in a healthy way. When you recognize that you can’t always control a situation—but you can control how you react to it— you are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors in an attempt to escape the negativity.

Emotion regulation

Emotion regulation teaches strategies to manage and change negative emotions that are causing problems. When you can reduce your vulnerability to emotional suffering, you are no longer controlled by your unhealthy responses to such suffering.

Interpersonal effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness skills help clients communicate with others in assertive, healthy ways that maintain self-respect and benefit relationships. When you know how to communicate in a thoughtful and deliberate manner, you are less likely to react impulsively to conflict.


Yes, it is. Due to its emphasis on regulating emotions and adopting healthier coping skills, DBT is increasingly being used as part of a comprehensive treatment program for a variety of mental health disorders. Numerous organizations back this up, including:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration includes DBT on its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices The National Center for Biotechnology Information calls it “a well-established treatment for individuals with multiple and severe psychosocial disorders.” A study published in Psychiatric Times found that DBT significantly decreases suicide attempts, depression and substance use.

Benefits of DBT

The benefits of DBT at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center Scottsdale Providence incorporates DBT as part of our comprehensive treatment program to help clients struggling with drug addiction, alcoholism, trauma and other mental illness. Our counselors are using DBT to:
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Reduce self-harming behavior
  • Lessen symptoms related to trauma
  • Build long-lasting and sustainable self-respect
  • Improve interpersonal relationships with loved ones

Transform your life with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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