Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT was initially developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, by Marsha Linehan. However now it is used in a variety of treatment settings, integrative therapy approaches and with a variety of presentations. DBT is a bio/ psycho/ social model that modifies traditional behavioural approaches and is predominantly a skills based protocol which focuses on emotional regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal skills. DBT helps you by teaching you skills to allow yourself to recognise, experience and accept difficult emotions so that they feel manageable and allow you then to change maladaptive or destructive behavioural responses. It helps you to understand and accept your and also others experiences and responses. Dialectics means trying to accept and balance opposite positions, look at how they go/ fit together AND think about how things may change.