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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, evidence-based form of talk therapy that blends the most effective interventions within behavioral psychotherapy while incorporating notions of acceptance and validation. Based in dialectical philosophy, DBT posits that reality comprises opposing polar forces that generate tension. For instance, clients may experience tension because they feel like they need to change in order to reduce their problems but would rather accept their issues without changing. This dialogue between the opposing forces—needing change and being resistant to change—is ultimately what helps patients change their ways.

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    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

    Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, evidence-based form of therapy that blends the most effective interventions within behavioral psychotherapy while incorporating notions of acceptance and validation.

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