Dialectical behaviour therapy has been around for a long time, but recently is becoming increasingly popular. This is because it is effective. Therapists and patients alike are finding that it can help people get over their cravings, help them with their behaviour, and get better. This blog will provide basic information about dialectical behaviour therapy and how it works.
1. What exactly is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is the practice of using cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness to help individuals who are struggling with chronic emotional and behavioural dysregulation. DBT is an empirically supported treatment for a variety of mental health disorders. It aims to help those who have difficulty managing strong emotions and effectively regulating their behaviour. In DBT, the therapist will teach behaviour strategies that help the client to manage intense emotional responses and to develop a life worth living.
2. What are the 4 pillars of DBT?
DBT is based on the idea that people need to be mindful of their emotions and thoughts in order to live a happier life. There are four pillars of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Acceptance. One of the most famous components of DBT is the concept of “radical acceptance.” This means that instead of fighting difficult emotions, people learn to accept them.
Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment. Distress Tolerance is about how to handle difficult emotions and situations. Emotion Regulation, or what we think of as emotion skills, looks at the 4 A’s: Acceptance and Awareness/Awareness of emotion; Affect regulation/Letting go of negative behaviours, and Activities to engage in.
3. What are the benefits of DBT?
One of the main benefits of DBT is that it teaches people to regulate and manage their emotions and behaviours. It is used to teach skills to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, reduce impulsive behaviours, improve relationships and manage problems with impulse control. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy can be used with medication.
In people with BPD to better understand themselves, their emotions, and the world around them.
4. How DBT helps in real life
Patients who have gone through DBT find that the new skills they learn help them to better deal with their emotions and thoughts. How to better handle stress and communicate their needs. They can feel less angry and more at peace with themselves, the people around them, and life in general.
Other people who have gone through DBT find that it reduces their feelings of anxiety or depression so that they can self-manage their condition more. Others find that they are able to tolerate new situations or environments.
Generally, people feel that they are a better version of themselves.
DBT is about the way you think, feel and act; it’s a whole-life approach to being well. It’s about really getting to know yourself better. DBT is an amazing therapy that helps you regulate your emotions, control your impulses and make your relationships better
Thank you for reading our blog about DBT. We hope you have a better understanding of what DBT is and why it might work for you. If you are interested in learning more about DBT or seeing if DBT can work for you, please contact Community Counselling and Care at (08) 8725 1843. We would love to hear from you, and if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.