DBT is a cognitive behavioural therapy created specifically for BPD by Marsha Linehan, which draws on the idea of the dialectic, which is the study or inquiry into opposites. Dialectical strategies support both therapist and patient, to synthesise views and become unstuck from extremes, which are inherent in BPD.
Goals are also vital in DBT treatment planning, in ensuring that the symptoms are targeted. The behavioural aspect involves assessing and targeting behaviours, in order to solve problems through teaching the client skills which helps them reach these goals. However, it’s important to note that in helping clients develop a life they see as worth living, the therapist needs to help them work to the goals defined by them.
Even the core assumptions of DBT support the work, by helping the therapist view clients in the best light. The therapist needs to maintain compassion for the client and their difficulties in emotional regulation, whilst also understanding it’s the client’s role to solve their problems in the now, even if they weren’t the original cause of their suffering.
DBT is a therapy designed to help you change patterns of behaviour that are not effective, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking and substance abuse. The approach works towards helping you increase your emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states.
It also helps you to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings and behaviours that lead to the undesired behaviour.
It is often particularly helpful for the diagnosis of BPD. DBT is the gold standard treatment for people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. In fact, the people who we treat within our service experience immense changes to their life by treatment end, which at treatment start, they are unable to envisage. Yet in order to get there, the specific treatment model is required.
DBT is also useful for people struggling with emotional regulation or are exhibiting self-destructive behaviours such as substance misuse, binge eating and more.
DBT has a vast evidence base for BPD (Linehan et al., 1991; Linehan et al., 2006; Linehan et al., 2015). Having offered DBT in the NHS, private hospitals and private individuals following Intensive DBT training with British Isles DBT, the team have a wealth of experience and great success rates in treating BPD and other behaviours using DBT. Contact me to see if we can help you.
Our DBT programme in Surrey is currently taking place online. We also run an adolescent DBT service online and in Guildford. Read on below to find out what DBT involves!
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“From start to finish, it taught me so much about myself.”
“Thank you for challenging me when I needed it.”
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“After many years of therapy, you are the first person who gets me.”
The full DBT programme involves the DBT Skills group training element and weekly individual sessions. It can also involve skills coaching between sessions subject to need.
The full programme is the most effective and quickest route to making changes in your day to day life, and reaching your therapy goals.
Not able to do the full programme, speak to us about doing the groups or one to one sessions separately.
The DBT skills groups run online, and run more like a class. The DBT therapists teach you DBT skills from the Linehan skills training manual.
The groups involve exercises, group activities, reflection and always end with homework to help you practice these skills in your everyday life. We cover a number of key modules including mindfulness skills, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.
We run adult groups and adolescent DBT groups across the week
We offer DBT individual sessions and DBT informed therapy sessions online and in person for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in Guildford, Surrey. Individual therapy involve weekly one-to-one 50 minute sessions.
The individual sessions work to reduce impulsive behaviours in and out of therapy, as well as helping you to reach your goals through learning new skills.
For an example of forms and skills used within DBT, visit DBT Self Help website.
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