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"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but  to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style." 

                                                     Maya Angelou

Frequently Asked Questions (under construction)

I try to anticipate questions you might have about Dialectical Behavior Therapy and provide the answers here. If you need additional information send an email to or use my contacts. Also check out Thrive Counselling Services: DBT with Tally on Facebook and ThrivewithDBT on twitter.

Is this therapy only for people diagnosed with BPD?

No. Although DBT was initially developed by Marsha Linehan for women with borderline personality disorder (1997), research has shown that DBT may be beneficial for anyone who struggles with intense emotionality and problems in living, no matter what diagnosis, or if there is a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality issues, eating disorder, or substance use issues. I have used a DBT approach across different ages, gender, and diagnosis, and my clients tell me it has been very helpful. You can not fail DBT therapy.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a therapy that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies with an Eastern contemplative practice of Mindfulness:  "paying attention, in a particular way, to a particular moment, non-judgmentally" (Kabat