Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive and evidence-based therapeutic approach to mental health treatment. It aims to help individuals live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their interpersonal relationships. Developed by psychologist Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, DBT combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness practices.

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DBT focuses on teaching individuals specific skills to  help enhance emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. Clients learn practical strategies to manage intense emotions, cope with distressing situations, communicate effectively, and develop non-judgmental awareness.

A central concept to DBT is dialectics, which emphasizes finding a balance between acceptance and change. Therapists validate clients’ experiences and emotions while encouraging them to develop new coping mechanisms and make positive changes in their lives.

DBT is commonly used in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, but it has also shown effectiveness for other conditions such as self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders, and mood disorders.

Therapy usually involves both individual sessions and skills training groups where clients learn and practice new skills in a supportive environment. The therapist provides guidance and support, helping individuals apply these skills to real-life situations.

DBT has been extensively researched and has demonstrated positive outcomes in reducing self-destructive behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and enhancing overall well-being. It offers a structured and effective approach for individuals seeking to navigate their emotions, improve relationships, and lead a more fulfilling life.

At The Couch Counselling, we have therapists with DBT experience. Feel free to book a consultation with a therapist you think might best fit your need