What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy For Eating Disorders (DBT-ED)?

DBT-ED integrates the core principles and techniques of DBT, including emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness, with specific strategies that target the dysfunctional attitudes, behaviors, and emotional issues associated with eating disorders.

In DBT-ED, individuals learn to identify and change problematic eating behaviors, manage difficult emotions without resorting to unhealthy eating behaviors, improve interpersonal relationships, and live more mindfully. It’s a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that supports individuals in achieving a healthier relationship with food and their bodies, and in improving their overall quality of life.

Benefits of DBT-ED Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders (DBT-ED) offers several benefits for individuals struggling with eating disorders:

  1. Improved emotion regulation: DBT-ED provides individuals with tools to better manage and regulate their emotions, reducing the likelihood of turning to unhealthy eating behaviors as a coping mechanism.
  2. Reduced eating disorder behaviors: DBT-ED directly targets problematic eating behaviors, helping individuals to develop healthier eating patterns and to break the cycle of disordered eating.
  3. Enhanced interpersonal effectiveness: DBT-ED teaches individuals skills to improve their interpersonal relationships, which can often be strained by the impact of an eating disorder.
  4. Increased mindfulness: Through DBT-ED, individuals learn to practice mindfulness, which involves being fully present and engaged in the current moment. This can help to reduce preoccupation with food, weight, and body shape and to promote a healthier relationship with food and the body.
  5. Personalized treatment: DBT-ED is typically tailored to the individual’s specific needs and struggles, making it a flexible and personalized approach to treatment.
  6. Evidence-based approach: DBT-ED is grounded in research and has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of various eating disorders, improving overall mood, and enhancing quality of life.

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Our team is dually and expertly trained in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and DBT for Mental Health. Our Evidenced-Based approaches include FBT, CBT-E, DBT-ED, and Comprehensive DBT for co-occurring mental health conditions. Our outpatient practice has helped Children, Teens and Adults achieve full Eating Disorder Recovery and Mental Health Stability for over 25 years.


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