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Therapy: Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a form of psychological therapy that is predominantly based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) however has been specially adapted and tailed for individuals who struggle as a result of feeling their emotions very intensely and it has been modified to help individuals struggling with wide range of issues.

The aim of DBT is to help people live in the moment. It aims to help you to make sense of and accept your difficult feelings, to learn tools to manage them in healthier way and to help you make constructive changes in your life. The word ‘dialectical’ refers to understanding how two things that seem opposite and contradictory could both be true.

DBT is particularly effective for individuals who have difficulty with emotional regulation or are exhibiting self-destructive behaviours. One important benefit of DBT is the development of mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, emotional regulation skills and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

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