Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a long-term talking therapy, also known as DBT.
DBT was developed from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) by Psychologist Marsha Linehan in the 1970s. There are many similarities, but DBT is specifically used to help those trying to cope with intense emotional experiences.
Traditionally, ‘Dialects’ is described as balancing conflicting opposites. In DBT, the primary dialectic explored is usually: Acceptance and Change
These methods can help people accept who they are while helping them realise that change can be made. DBT is a useful therapy for those living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) however, there are a number of other mental health issues which can be treated by using DBT such as:
DBT focuses on enabling you to change problematic behavioural patterns. The way that DBT is delivered depends on the therapist and how you feel most comfortable. Many therapists will offer an assessment to help you decide if DBT is right for you.
Face-to-face DBT means you will meet with your therapist, normally once-per-week. Your therapist may set homework to help you reach specific goals. This, in turn, will help you learn new skills in reducing unhelpful behaviours.
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