Understanding Core Therapies

Understanding Core Therapies


What Types of Treatments Exist?

You may be familiar with the terms therapy, psychotherapy, or counseling. These terms refer to sessions with a mental health professional. Sessions can be conducted one-on-one, with a family, or with a group to help people with a variety of emotional difficulties.


What is CBT?

One of the most widely known and practiced evidence-based therapies is called cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), representing a type of psychotherapy that helps people learn how to identify and change these unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaviors.


Understanding DBT

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1990s. DBT is an evidence-based treatment that helps individuals with emotional dysregulation difficulties which cause problematic behavior patterns and interpersonal difficulties.

Key Differences


Key differences include the emphasis of validation, or accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT also draws on the philosophy and practice of mindfulness.