Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural treatment. Its main aim is to provide treatment for people who see little or no improvement with other therapy models. This treatment focuses on problem-solving and acceptance-based strategies. It is referred to as dialectical as this is the processes that bring opposite concepts together such as change and acceptance.
The focus of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is to help people:
- Identify, understand and accept their difficult or complex feelings
- Develop new skills to manage and overcome them
- Be in a position to make positive changes in their lives
Currently, DBT is used to treat people with chronic or severe mental health issues. Issues DBT treats include:
Drug & Alcohol Problems
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is designed to tackle two main areas:
- Emotional vulnerability
- Dismissed emotions
These two areas often trap people in negative thinking – emotions are high and you may also feel worthless and a certain guilt for having these emotions.
Aim of DBT
The aim of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to break this cycle. This is done in two ways:
- Validation – the goal is to get you to accept that the emotions you have are valid, genuine and acceptable
- Dialectics – the goal is to show that not everything in life is “black or white” and that new ideas and ways fo looking at things can lead to positivity.
Our DBT practitioners will use both validation and dialectics to identify new ways of thinking that will engender more positive behaviours.
Our DBT sessions are designed to take place, usually weekly or fortnightly.
We recommend a series of consultations – usually 5 or 6.
Each of our session lasts 60 minutes.
DBT can be delivered in group sessions.
During our sessions, our DBT practitioners will work with you to identify the problem and break it down.
You and the DBT practitioner will then analyse each of the areas and determine what effect they have on the wider problem and you.
This is where our practitioners are able to support you in identifying ways to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. You will then be encouraged to implement what you are able to change.
Ultimately, the aim is to help to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life.
Benefits of CBT
DBT is a highly structured therapy that can be delivered in different formats, including one to one, group sessions or through self-help material.
It can sometimes be used where medicines have failed.
DBT also has the added advantage in that it can be completed in a relatively short time compared to other talking therapies.
But most importantly it provides the recipient with useful and practical strategies that can be used in everyday life, even after the treatment has finished.