DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (DBT),
with Dr Sharanjit Kandola
Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based form of cognitive behavioural therapy. DBT was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder but it has since been adapted to treat other mental health conditions such as ADHD, Major Depressive Disorder, OCD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and suicidal behaviour. It has also been found to aid those that have difficulty with emotional regulation or those that are exhibiting self-destructive behaviours such as eating disorders or substance abuse.
One of the main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment and develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress, regulate emotions and improve their relationships with other behaviours, which ultimately allows you to make positive choices in your life. DBT centres around core aspects such as Core Mindfulness which helps you focus on the present and allows you to focus on healthy coping strategies even during times of emotional distress. This strategy also allows you to learn to remain calm and avoid automatic engagement in negative thought patterns and impulsive behaviour. Other aspects of DBT include Distress Management, which aims to give you the tools to accept and cope with your current situation, and Emotion Regulation, which teaches you to recognise and cope with intense feelings.
Through the model of DBT you will work towards resolving the contradiction between self-acceptance and change to bring positive changes. Depending on your condition, the therapeutic setting may differ in its structure and goals.
If you would like to book in with one of the team who are trained in DBT, please get in touch with us via email, phone or through the website.