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The therapy taught me how to have a sustainable approach to manage my emotions.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Please note: this therapy treatment is currently suspended due to staff changes. Other evidence based interventions continue: MBT, STEPPS and schema. DBT will be reviewed once therapies team has been fully recruited to.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a specialist psychotherapy for clients with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) who are severely emotionally and behaviourally dysregulated (including chronic suicidality, self harm and extreme and problematic impulsive behaviour).

The therapy has a focus on teaching clients skills for managing emotions, relationships and destructive impulsive behaviours.

DBT follows a number of assumptions:

  1. People are doing the best that they can.
  2. People want to improve
  3. People need to increase their motivation and effort to find more effective solutions to their problems.
  4. People may not have caused all of their problems, but they have to solve them anyway.
  5. The lives of people who are suicidal are unbearable as they are currently being lived.
  6. People must learn new behaviours and ways of coping in therapy and in their day-to-day lives
  7. People cannot fail in DBT Therapists need support too

A quote from a service user who completed DBT: The diary cards were not easy to do, they were very stressful, but we came up with a way to make it work for me. The therapy has made a profound change to my life, more than expected. I don't drink anymore, my drug use has decreased significantly and I'm less aggressive. I problem-solve and step back more than I ever did. I feel happier generally with who I am. Therapy helped me understand my vulnerabilities and why I do things. There were times at the beginning I thought "Oh come on man, how is this going to help me!" but the change has been amazing and I'm glad I stuck it out. The therapy taught me how to have a sustainable approach to manage my emotions. Before I used to be a "weed whore" because I didn't know how to deal with my emotions but now I do.

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