DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is practiced in Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Oakville, London and the surrounding areas. Anchoridge Counselling takes pride in the therapy practice offered to help clients with individual needs.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based form of Cognitive Behavioural treatment with a goal of identifying and changing negative thinking patterns and creating positive behavioural change.

DBT was initially designed to treat individuals with a suicidal and borderline personality disorder. However, it has been adapted for other mental health concerns that threaten a person's safety, relationships, work, and emotional well-being. It teaches individuals skills to cope, and change unhealthy behaviours.

What makes DBT different is that the term "dialectical" comes from the idea that bringing two opposites in therapy - acceptance and change - brings better results than either one alone. There is a focus on acceptance of the individual and their experience as they are while acknowledging the work needed to change the negative behaviour. This helps to avoid problematic thinking in extremes.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy has four module components:

Mindfulness

the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment, non-judgementally

Distress Tolerance

how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it

Emotion Regulation

how to decrease vulnerability to painful emotions and change emotions that you want to change

Interpersonal Effectiveness

how to ask for what you want, and to say "no" while maintaining self-respect and relationships