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Author: Dr. Kathryn Korslund

THIRA Health / Articles posted by Dr. Kathryn Korslund

How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blends Acceptance and Change

By Dr. Kathryn Korslund Although most therapists are aware of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in some way, shape, or form, few non-practitioners understand what, exactly, is implied by the approach’s “dialectics.” Generally speaking, the notion of a “dialectical” process suggests compromising, blending together, or creating something entirely new; transforming black and white into grey, so to speak. In the context of DBT, however, dialectics involves a push for coexistence, an effort to hold two ostensibly opposing forces next to each other without compromising either’s integrity while searching for synthesis; weaving a black-and-white plaid, so to speak. In fact, the practice of DBT itself emerged from Dr. Marsha Linehan’s attempts to reconcile acceptance- and change-based therapies without losing the effective elements of either. Change vs. Acceptance Change-based treatments have typically...

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