Her therapy enhancements were made to challenge the emotional dysregulation and self-destructive behaviors associated with BPD. She introduced a new therapeutic approach with new techniques, called dialectical behavior therapy.
The term dialectic is defined as a philosophical mode of argument. This therapy consists of a back and forth mode. The DBT therapist will accept and validate an experience and response, and challenge them on another. This makes it easier for the patient to tolerate requests and challenge their mode of thinking.
This new emphasis on acceptance and validation is perhaps one of the most significant improvements when it came to her patient’s emotional needs. This change was to counterbalance the traditional CBT approach to change those states.
The standard dialectical behavior therapy model is composed of two primary forms of treatment. This includes weekly individual therapy sessions and weekly group therapy sessions.