Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive, empirically-validated treatment, which incorporates components of individual therapy and skills training. DBT is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), initially developed to treat individuals with trouble regulating emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. It incorporates techniques based in behavior training and Zen practice (i.e. mindfulness, acknowledgement, and acceptance). Over time, DBT has been adapted and shown to be an effective approach for individuals with anxiety, depression, poor emotional regulation, family conflict, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chaotic relationships, and impulsive behaviors (i.e. self-injury, purging, truancy, and substance abuse). The ultimate goal of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is to teach individuals how to live a more balanced life by regulating emotions during high periods of stress, engaging in healthy relationships, handling conflicts appropriately, and utilizing adaptive coping behaviors.