DBT Treatment Program

Dr. Yong Cho’s Pledge with Dr. Marsha Linehan
Give the Best DBT services for English and Korean Speaking Population in Korea;


DBT reduces the complex symptoms of emotion dysregulation and difficulties with managing impulsive behaviors

It is a unique treatment that changes one’s personality and future by building new positive behavior patterns with new DBT behavioral skills

Dr. Linehan’s dedicated clinical studies have proven that DBT skills are effective However, DBT cannot cure all psychological disorders

It should only be applied to the symptoms in which therapeutic effectiveness was proven at both research and clinical settings

1993: The first DBT treatment manual was published by Dr. Marsha Linehan 


2000: Dr. Yong Cho started his first DBT skills training group for Korean immigrants at the Zucker Hillside Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York 


2003: The first DBT Program started in Seoul, Korea 

Dr. Cho provided educational seminars and lectures on DBT to professionals and graduate students in the field of mental health 

2007: Dr. Cho translated Dr. Linehan’s first DBT treatment manual into Korean 


2007: The DBT Center of Korea was established in Seoul with the help of Dr. Linehan and the team of Evidence Based Treatment Center of Seattle 


2008: Dr. Linehan visited Seoul and provided the first DBT workshop in Korea 

2008: DBT Standard Treatment Program was formalized and implemented for the Korean speaking population 


2017: DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents and DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, Second Edition were published 


2018: DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition was published

Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT 

Primary Symptoms  


Borderline Personality Disorder/Emotional Dysregulation/Depression/Anxiety/Eating Disorders/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Behavior Problems for Adolescents  


Scientific Evidence & Benefits 


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapy treatment that was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD) and chronic suicidal behaviors. It is an effective treatment for people who have difficulties with regulating emotions, interpersonal issues, anger control, chronic self-destructive behaviors, and other related difficulties.  


Through Randomized Clinical Trials, the effectiveness of DBT treatment has been compared to Treatment-As-Usual (TAU) for treating BPD and related symptoms. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, an institution based in England, selected DBT as the only treatment that has been proven to be effective in treating BPD symptoms. 


The DBT standard treatment consists of DBT individual therapy, DBT skills training group, skill coaching, and DBT team consultation. Scientific evidence shows that DBT has a lower relapse rate compared to other treatments because it helps the clients to learn and apply DBT behavioral skills successfully into their daily lives and to strengthen the skills to become their behavioral repertories that comprise the essential part of human personality.  


Numerous studies show that DBT has significantly lowered anger outbursts, feelings of hopelessness, suicidal thoughts and behaviors in people with BPD and suicidal crisis compared to other treatment modalities.  


Though DBT was initially developed for clients with BPD, its module-based system has made it applicable to treat other related symptoms. Recent studies have shown that DBT is effective for treating depression, PTSD, eating disorders, emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents, ADHD, impulsivity, as well as aggressive behaviors.  


According to the 2007 study of Allec Miller, author of DBT Skills Manual for Adolescence, DBT is a very effective and inclusive treatment that can be applied to treat adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral dysregulation regardless of their diagnosis. 


Dr. Yong Cho who established the DBT Center of Korea in Seoul has started his first DBT skills training group for Korean immigrants at the Zucker Hillside in New York since 1998. Dr. Cho and his DBT team at the DBT Center of Korea have been providing the standard DBT program in both Korean and English since 2003. Additionally, they have invited Dr. Linehan to the first DBT workshop in Korea, during which Dr. Linehan and Dr. Cho promised that the DBT Center of Korea will provide the best DBT treatment in Korea with no modifications of the standard program. 


As promised, the DBT Center of Korea has been providing the standard DBT program to adults as well as adolescents and their families who experience difficulties in emotion regulation, self-destructive behaviors, and impulsive behaviors; the efficacy of the treatment program has been proven by the clients who have successfully completed the DBT program. 

Dr. Yong Cho’s Pledge with Dr. Marsha Linehan

Give the Best DBT services for English and Korean Speaking Population in Korea; Do DBT!

DBT Treatment Programs

DBT for Adults & Young Adults

DBT Standard Program for Adults/Young Adults is for clients who experience extreme emotional dysregulation, have trouble managing interpersonal conflicts, and display self-destructive and impulsive behaviors that lead to negative consequences triggered by unstable emotional state.  

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DBT- IOPㅣIntensive Outpatient Program

DBT Intensive Outpatient Services (DBT-IOP) is an intensive treatment with the format of DBT Standard Treatment Program that offers 6-20 hours of DBT individual psychotherapy and DBT skills training group per week. The treatment duration is around 3-6 months depending on individual circumstances and treatment goals.

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