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What Is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a style of talking therapy rooted in the balance of two concepts: acceptance and change and is very helpful if you are the kind of person who experiences emotions very intensely and has the commitment to making positive changes in yourself with the help of a DBT therapist.

Over time dialectical behaviour therapy will provide you with new skills to help you learn how to understand and manage yourself as a person and apply your focus mostly on the present and future in relation to yourself, rather than on your past.

Much like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), there is a focus on identifying behaviours and acquiring practical tools to change them. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy focuses on four key areas: distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.

Treatment can consist of individual therapy sessions, group skills sessions, or a combination of both, and might include ‘homework’ where you practice specific skills in your own time. DBT can also be used more generally to improve emotional regulation, the tolerance of distress and negative emotion, mindfulness, and communication and interpersonal effectiveness.

  • depression
  • bulimia
  • binge-eating
  • bipolar disorder
  • PTSD
  • substance abuse

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How can dialectical behaviour therapy help me?: Dialectical behaviour therapists will support you to find a balance between acceptance of what happens for you in the moment (mindfulness, distress tolerance), and making small adjustments to your feelings and behaviours that will improve your way of being (emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness).

Below is a selection of our current fully trained therapists who are available to work with clients who are experiencing therapy issues that we deal with related to dialectical behaviour therapy using a wide range range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Issues That Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Deals With

What to expect from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Originally developed to support clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD),  DBT has since been used successfully to help with a broad range of issues, including those listed below.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress your therapy. If you feel like you still need some more help in your decision then get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page (‘Can I Contact You For Advice About Therapy?’) and someone will guide you through the process.

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to dialectical behaviour therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.