Practitioners offering DBT at the Cotswold Health Centre

Jane Vickers

What is DBT?

It is a therapy that aims to teach people skills to keep their emotions on an even keel and to build a life worth living. It is an effective and evidence-based treatment in helping people manage overwhelming emotions. It was initially aimed to treat people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder who experience persistent emotional & behavioural difficulties that interfere with their every-day living but the skills can be helpful for many other mental health problems.

The skills come from ideas that already have substantial research & practice to support their use. The idea is to learn skills to replace ineffective behaviours that are possibly harmful and cause us suffering and to address the problems that cause the difficulties in how we function in our lives.

What does a DBT session involve?

The skills are taught in modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Walking the Middle Path & Interpersonal Effectiveness. Diary cards and a skills manual are supplied that form the core of the treatment. Alongside skills teaching, chain & solution analyses are used to help recognise what led up to a harmful behaviour and how to prevent it happening again by learning what to do instead.

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