Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): What is it and how can it help you?

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), eating disorders, and substance abuse. DBT is a skills-based therapy that teaches people how to regulate their emotions, manage their behaviour, and improve their relationships.

    DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan in the 1980s. Linehan is a clinical psychologist who was working with women who had BPD. She found that traditional therapies were not effective in helping these women. This is because BPD is a complex disorder that involves intense emotions, impulsive behaviour, and unstable relationships.

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is based on the idea that change is possible, even for people with BPD. The therapy teaches people how to accept themselves, even with their flaws, and how to make changes in their lives that will improve their quality of life.

    Individual and group therapy

    DBT is a comprehensive therapy that can include individual therapy, group therapy, and phone coaching. Individual therapy is the core of DBT. In individual therapy, the therapist helps the client to understand their emotions, develop coping skills, and make changes in their life. Group therapy can also be an important part of DBT. In group therapy, clients learn skills from each other and from the therapist. Phone coaching is available for clients who need additional support between sessions.

    DBT can be a challenging therapy, but often very helpful. If you are struggling with BPD or another mental health condition, DBT may be the right option for you. 

    Here are some of the benefits of DBT:

    • DBT can help you to manage your emotions more effectively.
    • DBT can help you to develop healthy coping skills.
    • DBT can help you to improve your relationships.
    • DBT can help you to reduce self-destructive behaviours.
    • DBT can help you to improve your quality of life.

    If you are interested in learning more about DBT, there are many resources available online and in your community. You can also talk to me and we can see if DBT is right for you. 

    Categories: behavioural psychology