Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is an evidence based therapy which helps people to accept themselves and their present situation, and simultaneously make the changes necessary to create a meaningful life. This integration of opposites: acceptance and change, is an example of the ‘dialectic’ that underpins this therapy, and on which its name is based.
There are four key skills within DBT: Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Mindfulness. By cultivating these skills clients learn how to manage their emotions skilfully, to deal with difficult life experiences, and develop better relationships.
Originally developed by Marsha Linehan to help people who were chronically suicidal or had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy became recognized as a leading treatment for these types of problems. It has now been shown to be effective for a wide range of issues, including substance use, chronic depression or anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress, intense emotions, unstable relationships, and eating disorders.