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What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

DBT is an adapted version of CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) developed by Marsha Linehan, and is the recommended treatment for Borderline Personality disorder (recently named Emotionally Unstable personality disorder).

 

It is designed to change unhelpful behaviours and ways of coping with emotional distress. Throughout treatment, individuals develop a balance between acceptance and change e.g. we can accept who we are now AND want to change. 

 

After DBT, continuing to implement the skills in everyday life helps many who may have previously coped with distress using self-harm or suicide attempts (and many other behaviours that are unhelpful long-term) to move forward with a fulfilling life.

 

However, you don't need to have a diagnosis of BPD to benefit from DBT! Anyone can take away something from these skills that can massively benefit their life.

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