Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioural therapy is a talking therapy, usually shorter term, that’s based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but has been adapted to help people who experience emotions very intensely.

Like CBT It helps you to change unhelpful behaviours but it also focuses on accepting who you are at the same time. There is emphasis on the therapeutic relationship with your therapist and this relationship is used actively to motivate you to change. Acceptance techniques are used to focus understanding yourself as a person and making sense of why you might do things such as self-harm or misuse drugs, this could have been your way of dealing with your emotions. Change techniques are then used to encourage you to change your behaviour and learn more effective ways of dealing with your distress. They encourage you to replace harmful damaging behaviours with more productive ones. DBT is especially useful for treating Borderline Personality Disorder but has also been shown to be effective in a variety of mental health conditions.