building a life worth living
Welcome to the Atlanta Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center. We are the first DBT center in Georgia to be staffed with intensively trained dialectical behavior therapists taught by DBT's founder, Marsha Linehan, Ph.D, ABPP. Furthermore, each team member specializes in one of the different populations targetting by DBT (i.e. adolescents, suicide protocol, skills training, eating disorders, and substance abuse). We are proud to be the first center to also offer DBT couples therapy based on the work of Alan Fruzetti, and the latest module developed in DBT, Walking the Middle Path, developed by Alec Miller.
Marsha Linehan (1991) pioneered this treatment, based on the idea that psychosocial treatment of those with Borderline Personality Disorder was as important in controlling the condition as traditional psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Concomitant with this belief was a hierarchical structure of treatment goals. Paramount among these was reducing parasuicidal (self-injuring) and life-threatening behaviors. Next came reducing behaviors that interfered with the therapy/treatment process, and finally reducing behaviors that reduced the client's quality of life. In 1991, Linehan published results of a study that showed that DBT seems to do remarkably well at achieving these goals, and since then, data has continued to build to support the efficacy of the dialectical model for the treatment of other psychological disorders.