Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan in 1991. Marsha was trying to design a program to help people with chronic suicidal tendencies. The leading therapy of choice, CBT, was not as effective for people with this type of emotional disruption (dysregulation).
How Is DBT Different?
What became relevant was a balanced perspective of acceptance and of change. In other words, there are external situations in life that an individual cannot change and therefore needs to accept as reality. And at the same time, there are changes that must take place within the individual if he or she is going to live effectively with the situation. DBT teaches individuals skills around this balanced perspective and, as a result, allows the person to respond to life’s difficulties more effectively.
Research shows that, for many people, DBT is effective in reducing anger, depression, binge-eating, emergency room visits, days in hospital and other difficulties associated with emotion dysregulation.
Includes 4 Components:
- Skills Training
- Individual Therapy
- Consultation Group
We are able to offer all 4 components at A Wise Mind.
Skills Training → Participants would join 6-8 others for a psycho-educational group – over 28 weeks. There are 4 different skill modules offered: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. Participants would be taught skills and asked to complete homework assignments to help reinforce the learning of the material. Many participants choose to complete 2 rounds of the skills training in order to create the best possible results.
Individual Therapy → This is designed to help the individual problem-solve and assist in applying the learned skills to real-life scenarios.
Coaching → Coaching is generally done over the telephone when individuals are searching for some assistance in using skills to solve a particular real-life issue.
Consultation Group → This is designed to maintain support and integrity of the working model for the therapist and skills trainers.