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Evidence-Based Approaches

Making Sense of Alphabet Soup

DBT, CBT, MBCT, PE and EMDR are evidence-based approaches to therapy we use at St. Louis DBT.  Here’s a quick glossary with links to learn more.

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

CBT stamds for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

MBCT stands for Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

PE stands for Prolonged Exposure

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

What Does It Mean To Be Evidence-Based?

Evidence-based means that the therapeutic approach has been extensively researched and the research demonstrates the approach is effective.  For example, here is a summary of research showing DBT’s effectiveness.  A federal agency sets minimum criteria and maintains a searchable directory of evidence-based approaches.

What Is a Dialectic Anyway?

A dialectic challenge is two opposing forces that appear on the surface to be mutually exclusive.  A dialectic is is the synthesis, or combination, of those two seemingly opposite ideas.  It’s like when two people see the same event and describe it totally differently.  Dialectic synthesis is recognizing both sides of the story are valid and have truth.  Through dialogue — within ourselves and with others — we discover there is middle ground where both are true.  When we find the middle ground, there is no need to choose one or the other. Read more


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