Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

“The Existence Of Opposites”

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

DBT → ADHD – Anxiety

DBT = Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

“The existence of opposites” is what dialectical means. People are taught two seemingly opposing techniques in DBT: acceptance (i.e., that their experiences and behaviours are genuine) and change (i.e., that their experiences and behaviours are valid) (i.e., that they have to make positive changes to manage emotions and move forward).

Treatment with DBT is broken into four stages. The severity of a person’s behaviour defines the stages.

Stage 1

The person is frequently unhappy in Stage 1 and their behaviour is out of control. The goal is for the person to progress from being out of control to being in control of their behaviour.

Stage 2

The person may feel as if they are living a life of silent desperation in Stage 2: their life-threatening behaviour is under control, but they are still suffering. The purpose is to assist the client in moving from a state of quiet desperation to a one of full emotional experience.

Stage 3

The challenge in Stage 3 is to learn to live: to set life goals, develop self-esteem, and achieve peace and contentment. The goal is for the person to live a normal life, both happy and unhappy.

Stage 4

Stage 4 is required for some people. The idea is to discover a greater meaning in life through spirituality.

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a modified type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Techniques

DBT has evolved to become an evidence-based psychotherapy approach that is used to treat many conditions. Settings in which DBT are often used include:
– Group therapy where individuals are taught behavioural skills in a group setting.
– Individual therapy with a trained professional where individual’s learned behavioural skills are adapted to their personal life challenges.
– Phone coaching in which individuals can call the therapist between sessions to receive guidance on
coping with a difficult situation they are currently in.

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Naomi Roberts is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who is passionate about promoting mental wellness in children, adolescents and their families.

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