Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a broad-based cognitive–behavioural treatment which combines many traditional cognitive behavioural techniques with a number of modifications which draw on eastern philosophical practices. DBT was the first psychotherapy to demonstrate effectiveness with individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Initially developed for chronically suicidal individuals, the therapy has subsequently evolved and been scrutinised in countless research studies testing its effectiveness with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses (Linehan 2015*) These studies have consistently demonstrated that DBT is associated with positive outcomes across a range of contexts, in varying formats, when applied to the following difficulties:
As a result of its structured and well evidenced treatment protocol for both clients and therapists, DBT has sealed its position as one of the most sought-after psychological therapies of our time.
How is DBT Treatment Structured?
Consisting of a combination of individual psychotherapy, group skills training, telephone coaching, and a therapist consultation team, DBT is now widely recognised as a treatment of choice for individuals experiencing difficulties associated with emotion dysregulation.
The approach offers opportunities within health and corporate settings for improved well-being and performance on both an individual and a systemic level.
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