Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to identify and change negative thinking patterns and encourage the development and practice of new, positive behaviors. It was developed initially to help treat people struggling with personality disorders, especially Borderline Personality Disorder.


Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Bridges was one of the first psychologists to use DBT with incarcerated, personality-disordered offenders in the early 1990s. When he became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was appointed director of the inpatient DBT unit at John Umstead Hospital.

While Dr. Bridges’ approach is more experimental than cognitive, he uses principles from DBT, particularly mindfulness to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of emotional pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

» For more information and to schedule a session with Dr. Bridges, contact him directly at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.


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