Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that what we think influences how we feel. The goal of CBT is to help clients take control of how they interpret and deal with life issues.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT adds to CBT the use of dialectics, which is the idea that everything is composed of opposites and that clients can make progress by learning to understand and synthesize oppositional states of mind.
DBT is a structured therapy that takes place in stages with identifiable targets. Like CBT, the goal of DBT is to teach clients skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others.