by Dr. Becky Spelman on 16/01/2015
What is dialectical behaviour therapy?
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), a form of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) created by psychological researcher Marsha Linehan, initially to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), focuses on helping people to change unhelpful behavioural patterns for more positive ones. Recognising that some people tend to react more strongly to emotional triggers in their environment, it focuses on learning about what things trigger destructive behaviours and thoughts, and how one can acquire new skills to use in the process of learning how to react differently.
DBT can be useful for people suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or a range of problems, including suicidal ideation, mood disorders, self-harming, eating disorders, and much more. It has been shown to be effective even in patients who have proven very difficult to treat, and who sometimes don’t even seem to want to get better.
If you undergo a course of DBT, you’ll learn techniques that you can use to regulate your emotions more effectively, as well as useful skills around reality testing and acceptance. You’ll also learn about mindfulness, which is a technique with origins in meditation as practiced by Buddhists, with clinically proven therapeutic usefulness.
DBT acknowledges that you can’t always change everything that causes you distress in your life and environment, and helps you to learn how to tolerate difficult emotions and think about them in a more useful way, while also taking steps to create a lifestyle that is conducive to good physical as well as psychological health.
In the process of all this, you will learn to see your therapists as allies in your journey towards psychological health.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) Group
Unlike some other forms of therapy, DBT has an important group aspect. Group therapy can form part of the treatment, with regular group sessions that focus on important aspects of the therapy, such as building skills in the areas of regulating emotions, learning how to practice mindfulness, and how to cope with difficult emotions. Meeting as a group also provides all the people with DBT with an invaluable opportunity to practice social skills, even in the context of managing difficult emotions and behaviours. When engaging with BPD treatment you will work with a team and can make contact at any time to receive additional support between your scheduled session. The team of practitioners you are working with will meet regularly to provide one another with feedback and support.
Run by: Counselling Psychologist Dr Alexandra Chrysagi and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Tara McCloskey.
Start date: TBC.
- All members needs to be assessed by Dr Alexandra Chrysagi or Tara McCloskey and to ensure the group will be beneficial for you.
- If we do not feel that you would benefit from the group other treatment recommendations will be made that are most appropriate for you and have a solid evidence-base.
- Psychometric tests will be administered at the beginning and at the end of the group to measure your outcome of participating in the group, this will be fed back to you at the end of the group.
- This is a rolling group. This means that new people can join at the start of any module.
- Group members need to buy this book and to bring it at the group session.
- 4 modules are offered; foundation skills, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships
- At the end of each module, you are given an one to one session to review how the group has gone for you and to discuss your progress and needs moving forward. This session will be 50 min.
- Initial Assessment to check for suitability for DBT group or to recommend other best treatment based on your needs – £150
- Each group session is £120; each individual session, and each initial assessment and review session is £150
- If you wish to remove yourself from the course, this will first need to be discussed with the course provider.
- Complete course includes: 1 assessment session + 4 modules x 6 weeks = 25 weeks + 4 review sessions = 29 weeks
What is included in the module fee:
6 session module which includes an individual one to one review session with one of the therapists running the group
What is not included in the fee:
- The initial assessment to check if the group would be most beneficial for you or if another approach would be best. If the group is not suitable we will recommend another specific approach and therapist for you.
- If you require a letter for your GP or other heath profession this can be provided, the letter fee is £150. (This letter in mandatory in cases where there is any risk of harm to self).
- Telephone-coaching will not be offered as part of this DBT therapy group however weekly individual sessions and/or telephone coaching can be arranged for you separately through the clinic if required, please ask if you are interested in this also.
If you would like to talk to someone about dialectical behaviour therapy, contact the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at: 020 38871738 or book online by clicking below.