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Do you want to improve your ability to regulate emotions, tolerate distress and negative emotions, be mindful and present in the given moment, and communicate and interact effectively with others? Want to change destructive behaviors into positive outcomes? DBT may be right for you.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment. It aims to help people who have seen little or no improvement with more traditional therapy models. This treatment focuses on problem solving and acceptance-based strategies. The goal of DBT is to transform negative thinking patterns and destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.

DBT therapy has been effective in treating Personality Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Eating Disorders, Panic Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Depression & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

We have weekly groups available. If you are interested in DBT please speak with your Gracepoint therapist, call 813-272-2244 to speak with a team member or request an appointment online.  


The effectiveness of DBT has been shown to help people regulate their emotions, build self-management skills, reduce anxiety and stress, and control destructive behaviors. Here are a few findings from multiple studies: 

A controlled trial conducted in an inpatient setting found people in therapy who received three months of DBT improved at a greater rate than those who received treatment as usual. (by Bohus et al. (2004).

According to the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, multiple controlled trials and independent studies found one year of DBT decreased the instances of self-harming behaviors at a greater rate than alternative treatments. One such study reported that participants who received DBT had only .55 incidents of self-injurious behavior over one month, compared to 9.33 incidents among those who received treatment as usual.

This study suggests DBT may be effective in reducing suicide attempts. It stated those who received DBT were half as likely to attempt suicide. They had less psychiatric hospitalizations and were less likely to drop out of treatment compared to those who received psychotherapy from professionals considered experts in treating suicide and self-harm.(Linehan et al. (2006).