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How DBT Works

The treatment for borderline personality disorder is about making things less 'black and white'

Clinical Expert: Alec Miller, PsyD

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DBT is an evidence based treatment for borderline personality disorder and other disorders of emotional dysregulation, but even the name can be confusing. Dr. Alec Miller, a professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the co-founder of group practice Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants in New York, describes what the “dialectical” in DBT means, and how the approach can help people with very troubling behaviors. One of the keys: being able to comprehend and hold in mind two differing opinions of a situation. In other words: seeing someone else’s point of view.

This article was last reviewed or updated on October 30, 2023.