Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a well-established therapy initially established for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Since it’s initial development in the 1980’s, it has been more widely used and is now used to help those with a range of other mental health needs, for example, with Eating Disorders, Substance Misuse Disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The therapy targets four specific problem areas that people commonly experience difficulty with: regulation of emotions; tolerating distress and managing in crises; coping in relationships with others; and living in the present moment rather than the past or the future (mindfulness). By teaching core skills relating to these areas, DBT helps people learn effective ways of coping with their intense emotions as an alternative to less effective forms of coping such as self-harm, alcohol use or arguing with others.
For more information on dialectical behaviour therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy & schema therapy either online or face-to-face in Northampton, Kettering and the surrounding areas contact Serendipity Psychology today.