Dialectical behavioural therapy or DBT was first introduced in 1978 by Marsha Linehan. Linehan created the treatment specifically for treating individuals with borderline personality disorder.
However, because of its effectiveness in treating a wide range of emotional issues, the popularity of DBT among psychologists and other mental health workers has exploded since then.
What is DBT?
Traditional DBT is an intense form of therapy involving group and individual sessions. The therapy is built around four treatment modes that specifically address your motivation to change, enhance your capabilities, expand your changes to your environment, and structure your environment to support your improvement.
The treatment modes are also the skills you will learn to cope with extreme mood swings. They are mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance.
What is DBT Informed Therapy?
DBT informed therapy is a somewhat less known version of the standard DBT. It is based on the same four modules and it will address your motivation and capabilities in the same manner. The main difference is that DBT informed therapy is done in a one-to-one setting, there are no groups.
This therapy can help you if you are suffering from emotional issues, and it is especially effective in treating borderline personality disorder or BPD and Emotional Dysregulation disorder or EDD.
You can see DBT informed therapy as a scaled-down version of the standard DBT. Scaled not in a manner of its effectiveness, but to fit the limits of one therapist and to accent your needs as a patient.
BPD is considered one of the most challenging psychiatric disorders. This makes it important that you receive therapy customized to your needs. There are many patients suffering from severe emotional issues, but all of them need a unique approach since all of them are suffering from unique issues. When the focus is only on you, the therapist can give you the best care possible.
Do You Need DBT Informed Therapy?
DBT informed therapy can treat a wide range of emotional issues. If you are diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder I can help you with DBT informed therapy. But you don’t have to be, you could suffer from other mental issues that require the same approach.
If you have suicidal tendencies or other self-harming thoughts, both with the intention to manage an intense surge of emotions, DBT can help. Because of your inability to control your emotions, you could have trouble maintaining a long-term relationship, this can lead to a feeling of isolation.
But don’t despair. You can learn the skills to manage your mood swings, I can teach them to you. Through DBT informed therapy you will learn how to practice mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance.
These skills will help you gain control of your emotions, and as a result, of your behaviour. You will be able to experience your emotions instead of pushing them away, and you will be able to solve your relationship problems.
Overall, you will finally learn the skills that can help you live a better life, a life filled with meaning. If you think DBT informed therapy is something you need, or you need advice, please call me now on 086 3835910 or contact me here.