Key Distinctions Between Four “Third-Wave” Treatments

thrid_wave_treatments.jpgNewer forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies are on the rise. While these therapies share certain elements (an active and collaborative therapeutic alliance, behavioral strategies, and an understanding that cognition can maintain behaviors), each is distinct. An understanding of these distinctions can help therapists discern when and how these approaches may serve a client. Below, we provide a summary table for a paper reviewing key differences between four third-wave therapies: Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO DBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-focused Therapy. We hope this chart can be a useful “quick reference” tool for your practice.


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