DBT is an empirically supported treatment composed of both individual and group psychotherapy modalities. Developed by Marsha Linehan, DBT was designed specifically for individuals who engage in self-destructive behaviors. It has also been found to be effective in treating eating disorders, substance addiction, and depression in elderly patients. A modification of cognitive behavior therapy, DBT places equal emphasis on change-oriented and acceptance-based interventions.
DBT skills groups are educational therapeutic classes aimed at reducing maladaptive behaviors by offering alternative ways to respond to stressful situations and intense emotions. Linehan's Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (1993) is used to teach skills in Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance.