What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a broad based cognitive behavioural therapy that integrates Eastern psychological and spiritual practices (particularly Zen practices). It was originally developed by Marsha Linehan specifically for Borderline Personality Disorder. However, DBT can be helpful for anyone (including those who have experienced trauma), who has difficulty:
1) managing intense emotions,
2) tolerating emotional distress,
3) inhibiting inappropriate behaviour driven by strong emotional arousal, and
4) developing and maintaining healthy and supportive relationships.
Dialectical BehaviourTherapy involves learning and developing skills to manage emotions more effectively (develop emotional intelligence), organise yourself in goal-directed ways and improve interpersonal relationships to increase healthy social support.
Mindfulness & Acceptance
A central focus of Dialectical Behaviour therapy is learning core mindfulness skills and acceptance, which are psychological and behavioural versions of meditation from Eastern spiritual training. These skills are also compatible with most Western contemplative meditation practices.
Dialectics – A Holistic World View & the Tension of Opposites
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy acknowledges that thoughts, emotions and behaviour occur within immediate and greater interrelated environments, and that people and their environments are constantly interacting and changing. It also recognises that we must deal with oppositional forces, such as the need for acceptance of ourselves and our environments and the need to change ourselves and our environments. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy can help you cope more effectively and be more comfortable with these changes and oppositions.