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Patricia Escudero Rotman, Ph. D., LCSW, Clinical Psychologist (Arg.)

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a clinical treatment created by Marsha M. Linehan. It was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder but it is also very effective with other clinical conditions. Research has shown that this therapy has decreased the frequency of self injurious behavior as well as the number of hospitalizations among patients with Borderline Personality Disorder.

An experienced clinician trained in this treatment modality will be able to provide an emotionally corrective experience to the patient. Borderline patients usually come from families where their emotions were often invalidated and dismissed. They were often punished for their distressing feelings and not helped to cope with situations and emotions in an adaptive way. This therapy teaches patients a set of highly effective skills organized in modules. These modules include:

1) Mindfulness skills
2) Interpersonal Effectiveness skills
3) Distress Tolerance skills
4) Emotion Regulation