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.