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What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

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  • How does this therapy work?

  • How could this therapy help me?

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a treatment that helps you to live in the moment. Developing healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve your relationships.

Related mindfulness techniques can be used to help you cope with your emotions as well as avoid automatic negative thought patterns and impulsive behaviour.

How does Dialectical Behaviour Therapy work?

Our behaviours evolve as a way to cope with situations or attempt to solve a problem. Some behaviours might provide temporary relief, but often are not effective in the long-term.

The process of this therapy assumes that people are doing the best they can, and they need to learn new behaviours. Some of the ways we approach these goals for you are as follows;

  1. Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment​

  2. Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations​

  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others​

  4. Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change

How could this therapy help me?

DBT helps you to learn to focus your awareness on the present moment. Acknowledging and accepting your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and bodily sensations as they occur.

  1. Helps you to manage and cope during a crisis. Tolerating distress when it is difficult or impossible to change a situation.

  2. Learn to accepting any given situation just as it is, rather than how you think it should be.

  3. Discover distraction and self-soothing, for both coping with distressing moments.

  4. Learn to effectively managing your emotional experience.

  5. Assertiveness strategies to appropriately ask for what you want or need.

  6. How to say no, and how to manage interpersonal conflict.


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