What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based treatment to help clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) who self-harm or engage in self-destructive ways of managing their emotions.
DBT was developed by Professor Marsha Linehan and grew out of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), behavioural therapy and eastern meditative practices.
Our team consists of trained DBT therapists who have delivered full programme DBT (recommended by National Institute for Clinical Excellence see www.nice.org.uk) in the NHS for many years.
The aim of DBT is to build a life worth living. Each client will identify a set of ‘life-goals’, things he/she wants in his or her life that would make life more fulfilling and less crisis-laden and will simultaneously be working on reducing and eventually stopping suicidal or self-harm behaviour.
Participating in the evidence based, recommended DBT programme involves firstly a period of assessment and commitment (4-8 sessions) and then involves attending individual therapy once a week as well as participating in a weekly group skills training programme, each cycle would last at least 6 months and you might attend 2 cycles. You also usually have access to telephone coaching with a DBT therapist to get support to stay safe and skilful in between therapy sessions.
Please note: we are unable to provide the group component at this time, we can only offer the programme individually and therefore, cannot offer ‘full’ DBT.
DBT is delivered by a DBT ‘team’. This is important in ensuring therapists stay fresh and alert to the needs of their clients by gaining the support and advice of their fellow DBT therapists.