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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) was developed by professor of psychology, Dr Marsha Linehan. It is a form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which incorporates an acceptance of the person as they are while acknowledging that there are some aspects of their life that need to change. The tension between these seemingly opposing forces is known as a ‘dialectic’ and DBT is an attempt to find the middle ground between these two realities. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy was traditionally developed to help individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder but can be helpful for a variety of difficulties.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy teaches patients four core groups of skills:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

In its most comprehensive form, DBT includes weekly group and individual therapy, as well as telephone support between sessions. Our therapists use skills drawn from DBT in their regular individual sessions and can provide individual therapy to patients who are completing external DBT groups.

Further information about DBT can be found at: 
https://behavioraltech.org/resources/faqs/dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt/

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