DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™

Treatment Goals

The Goals of DBT treatment

Listed in order of priority:

  • Decreasing “life interfering behaviors”
    • High-risk suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors
  • Decreasing “therapy interfering behaviors”
    • Behaviors (thoughts/feelings/actions) that can get in the way of treatment happening
  • Decreasing “quality of life interfering behaviors”
    • Behaviors that get in the way of your quality of life.
  • Learning and mastering skills for mood-independent life choices
  • Decreasing symptoms related to anxiety, and depression and post traumatic stress
  • Enhancing and sustaining self-respect
  • Additional goals set by patient to create a ‘life worth living’
“DBT skills are now a part of my daily living. They have improved the ease with which I move through life.”