Developed through the work of Dr Marsha M. Linehan at the University of Washington, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has had particular success as a treatment for suicidal behaviour, self-injuring behaviour, eating disorders, depression in the elderly, bipolar adolescents and borderline personality disorder.
DBT works fundamentally on validation and acceptance, problem-solving and change. The treatment program developed by Dr Linehan embraces learning theory, social psychology and dialectical philosopy. It has been proved effective in helping people to make changes in their behaviour and environment. It has also helped people reach an understanding of themselves which Linehan calls "radical acceptance".
Many of the skills and treatment strategies have been influenced by Buddhist principles and mindfulness meditation practices.