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DBT THERAPY

Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Anchoridge Counselling takes pride in the therapy practices offered to help clients with individual needs.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 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.

 

DBT has four module components:

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

 

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 say “no” while maintaining self- respect and relationships

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