Dialectical Behaviour

Therapy (DBT) Skills

DBT was originally developed by Marsha Linehan PhD for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder but the skills components can help a broad range of people develop "a life worth living"

Are DBT skills the right choice for you?

If you have a prolonged experience of any two of the following, it might be worth thinking about DBT Skills:

Intense, Unstable Emotions

Impulsive Behaviours

Efforts to Avoid Abandonment

Feeling Empty

Black and White Thinking

Problems with Anger

DBT skills involves changing behaviour and this will need practice, practice, practice.  You should ensure you will have time available.

Learning DBT skills also requires you to complete Diary Sheets, Worksheets and Read Handouts.

Sessions focus on learning and practicing new skills in the present, and there are no attempts to understand your past, provide other types of therapy or a crisis service.  If you wish to do this, you should seek additional counselling and/or support.

The Skills

There are 4 modules of DBT skills.
Each module has it's own aims and goals but everything is inter-related.
It takes approximately 20 - 26 sessions to complete all of the modules.

Core Mindfulness

Core Mindfulness

Reduce Emotional Suffering
Increase Control of Your Mind
Experience Reality As It Is

Emotion Regulation

Emotion Regulation

Understand Your Emotions Decrease the Frequency of Unwanted Emotions
Decrease Emotional Vulnerability
Reduce Emotional Suffering

Distress Tolerance

Distress Tolerance

Survive Crisis Situations
Accept Reality
Become Free from Emotional Demands

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Become Skillful in Asking for What You Want and Need
Build Relationships and End Destructive Ones
Learn to Walk the Middle Path

If you think DBT skills might be for you

or if you would like more information

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