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What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based form of therapy that was developed to help individuals cope with intense emotions and impulsive behaviours. It is often used in treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The primary focus of DBT is on learning skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

In DBT, individuals participate in weekly individual therapy sessions and a skills group, which is led by a trained DBT therapist. The skills group offers an opportunity to learn new skills that can help people reach their goals and address problematic behaviour. During individual therapy, the therapist provides coaching in using the skills learned in the skills group as well as offering support in working through any underlying issues.

A full DBT programme is typically long-term, aiming to provide individuals with the skills needed to manage their mental health for the long term. Evidence has shown that when implemented fully, DBT can be very effective for those suffering from BPD or struggling with intense emotions and impulsive behaviours. Therefore, it can be a great option for those seeking to treat their mental health more effectively over the long term.

When should you see a DBT Therapist?

If you find yourself struggling with managing intense emotions, impulsive behaviours, or Borderline Personality Disorder, a DBT therapist can provide the support and skills needed to help manage these struggles. The goal of DBT is to give individuals the skills they need to regulate their own emotions and behaviour in order to reach their desired goals.

When searching for a DBT therapist, make sure to look for someone who is properly trained in the evidence-based approach of the therapy. This will ensure that you are receiving the highest quality care and support. With this help, you can learn how to better manage your mental health and lead a healthier life. At Dr Jo Gee Psychotherapy we are experts in the field and will help pair you with the best UK DBT Therapists.

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“From start to finish, it taught me so much about myself.”


“Thank you for challenging me when I needed it.”


“I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made in a short time.”


“After many years of therapy, you are the first person who gets me.”


What happens in a DBT session?

Despite the variations between different therapists and geographical locations, most Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) courses generally include these types of sessions:

  • DBT Pre-Treatment – Some therapists may offer you an assessment or pre-treatment phase of DBT. This is where the therapist will look at how suitable DBT is for you. With multiple sessions, you’ll gain insight into the DBT model and be able to determine if it’s a suitable therapy for your needs. After that initial assessment period, they will ask you to commit to treatment should their approach fit with what is best for you and your situation.
  • Individual Therapy – Individual therapy usually involves weekly one-to-one sessions with a DBT therapist. Each session lasts approximately 45–60 minutes. As part of the DBT therapy process, your therapist may request that you complete diary cards to be brought into each session. This is for you to track your emotions and actions, and look for patterns and triggers in your life. You then use this information to decide together what you will work on in each session
  • Skills Training in groups – During these sessions DBT therapists will teach you skills in a group setting. This is not group therapy, but more like a series of teaching sessions. There are usually two therapists in a group and sessions might be weekly. The room is sometimes arranged like a classroom where your skills trainers will be sat at the front. The aim of these sessions is to teach you skills that you apply to your day-to-day life.

Why choose Dr Jo Gee Psychotherapy?

Dr Jo Gee and her team offer online and face-to-face psychology, counselling and psychotherapy in Guildford, Surrey. We offer evidence based, NICE guideline treatments to help you live a life free from emotional distress.

Psychological therapy and counselling can offer you the opportunity to gain insight into your difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of your motivation, find more appropriate ways of coping and develop the tools necessary to bring about changes in your thinking and behaviour.

The team can work with you to explore an aspect of your life, personality or relationship, or help you reach your goals. We use a range of different evidence-based therapies and techniques, including cognitive behavioural, solution-focused and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, helping you to explore your past, current or future concerns.

We work with different modalities depending on your needs and goals. We are an expanding team, with over 18 staff, who are fully trained or are well on their way to achieving accreditation, so any time of the day give us a call or email and we will explore ways together to help you.

Some of our staff even specialise in just carrying out CBT so you are to sure be in the safest hands

Online DBT

We are delighted to be able to offer the gold standard treatment for those struggling with EUPD or BPD: Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Our new onlinedbt.co.uk website offers more information about the treatment which includes:

This allows us to further cement our message and mission statement in making these crucial services accessible to the most amount of people possible. It takes a lot of courage and strength to face your issues head-on, and if there are barriers in place in regard to access then some people will fall by the wayside. We think this is unacceptable, and while we are only human we are committed to reaching as many as we can.

We separate the groups by age so that we can match you up with people who are in the same situation as you. This gives you the best opportunity to understand and see the issues you may be facing from an outside perspective.

We offer the full DBT programme online via Zoom, from group skills training, to individual DBT and crisis skills coaching. The full DBT programme can be attended via self referral or psychiatrist referral. The group or individual sessions can also be attended as stand alone programmes.

We work with people all over the UK, Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world! If you want to attend this expert programme, contact us. We can help!


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Whatever your current struggle, we are ready to help you. We offer a free 15 minute phone discussion and we look forward to hearing from you.

We offer online psychiatry, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy appointments.

For clinic appointments we work from Willow Health and DJGP in Guildford, Surrey. Clients come to see us online or from Addlestone, Aldershot, Ashford, Bisley, Camberley, Chertsey, Chobham, Cobham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Farnham, Farnborough, Fleet, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Horley, Horsham, Kingston, Leatherhead, Lightwater, Oxshot, Redhill, Reigate, Richmond, Send, Shere, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surbiton, Virginia Water, Walton-on-Thames, West End, Weybridge, Windlesham and Woking.

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