Dialectical Behavior Therapy (called “DBT”) is a type of psychotherapy that was initially developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT was first created to specifically help individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors as well as those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is an emotion dysregulation condition that can sometimes develop as a result of traumatic or other extremely distressing life events. Although DBT is directly helpful in treating that diagnosis, it was also found to be beneficial for other concerns. Specifically, research has demonstrated that DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be effective for self-harm, substance abuse, impulsive judgment, managing emotions, and navigating volatile relationship patterns. DBT has origins within the philosophical idea of “dialectics.” This is the principle that opposite positions can each have truth and meaning. Dialectics help us see the grey areas and accept that multiple points of view can be valuable and interconnected. For example, one of the primary dialectics utilized in DBT is the idea of acceptance versus change. DBT teaches that we can both accept and love who we are while still seeking to make changes and improvements. Ultimately, DBT aims to help improve one’s motivation to make changes, as well as to provide coping skills and strategies that can eventually be generalized and used when under immense stress.