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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  1. New Mexico Evidence Based Practices
  2. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This application is only for current providers already trained in this EBP to determine eligibility for specialized Medicaid rates. Information for new providers interested in starting training and consultation will be released in the coming months.
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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)? 

DBT is a comprehensive treatment for people who experience intense emotion dysregulation that is interfering with their daily lives, relationships and personal goals. The treatment is based on cognitive behavior therapy and includes learning how thoughts affect emotions and behavior, how to balance acceptance through mindfulness and validation with change through behavioral strategies, and developing emotion regulation skills.

DBT is typically delivered through a minimum of a six month program including 1) weekly individual therapy, 2) weekly DBT skills training groups, 3) in-the-moment coaching through phone or text, and 4) DBT consultation teams for therapists.

The DBT Skills taught include 1) mindfulness, 2) distress tolerance, 3) interpersonal effectiveness and 4) emotion regulation. For adolescents, the DBT skills training includes the teen and family members.

Population Served

DBT is for adolescents and adults who have difficulties with managing intense emotions and related mental health conditions including:

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Eating disorders, specifically binge eating disorder and bulimia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

The model was developed for outpatient therapy but has been adapted to other service settings.

For more information:

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