For individuals with a borderline personality disorder, life is a daily challenge often filled with intense emotional pain. They appear to be living through one crisis after another and often see themselves as incapable of changing or underserving of a life worth living. Dialectical behavioral therapy is a treatment developed by Marsha Linehan (1993) designed to treat borderline phenomena, and is based on the notion that people with difficulty managing their emotions have never learned certain critical skills or how to apply them. DBT teaches individuals to increase awareness of thoughts and feelings, improve their ability to tolerate distress, and regulate emotions. DBT is based on well-researched and tested cognitive and behavioural therapy principles and has consistently produced positive therapeutic effects.

Dr. Mervin Smucker is an international trauma consultant and author of numerous articles and books on trauma and cognitive-behavioural therapy interventions.

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