Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Why does DBT teach skills?
Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief or a short-term solution, they often are not effective in the long-term. DBT assumes that clients are doing they best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors in all relevant contexts. DBT helps enhance a client’s capabilities by teaching behavioral skills in areas like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills help people develop effective ways to navigate situations that arise in everyday life or manage specific challenges.
Here, Dr. Linehan explains how skills are an important part of helping individuals build a life that they experience as worth living.
I have been in practise for 18 years and have practising privileges at several Priory Hospitals in the South East. I am a fully accredited UKCP Psychotherapist and have been awarded an MA in Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, DBT. I studied CBT at Surrey University and my MA was awarded by Middlesex University. I am currently completing PG Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision at Middlesex University.
Clinic Information is available here: http://dbtlondon.com
Individual 50 min session: £85
DBT Group Program: 12 Weeks £1,140
DBT Group Program is a 12 week intensive Dialectical Behaviour Program that I facilitate in North London. The program contains the 4 core modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotional Regulation.
The DBT Group meets for 2 hours each week and clients are expected to work on DBT homework skills between sessions. Clients need to be assessed first before they can start the group.
The 12 week program costing is £1,140
There is currently a 6 week waiting list for the DBT Group Program.