What is Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?
Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based intervention originally established for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is a manualized treatment modality.
DBT integrates individual psychotherapy with skill training sessions on mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
DBT is often adapted for the treatment of difficulties of emotion regulation in a variety of people with varying ages, and disorders. For young people, DBT is an evidenced based intervention for disorders such as borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and depression, PTSD or intellectual disabilities.
The components of DBT are mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance - could be modified to treat the older adolescent and adult population with ASD.