Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) at City Centre Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a specialised form of therapy, meticulously developed for individuals who experience emotions intensely. Originally devised to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), now more commonly referred to as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), DBT has evolved into a vital approach for managing profound emotional experiences.

At City Centre Therapy, we understand the significance of diagnoses like EUPD, yet we choose to look beyond these labels. Our clients often come to us having endured trauma or difficult relationships in their past. Such experiences can lead to protective, yet overpowering, emotional and thought patterns, causing considerable distress.

How DBT Works:

DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioural techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. DBT is characterised by its focus on four key skill areas:

1. Mindfulness: The practice of being fully aware and present in the moment.

2. Distress Tolerance: Increasing the ability to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it.

3. Emotion Regulation: Learning to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life.

4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Techniques for improving communication and relationships.

These skills are taught in both individual and group therapy settings, providing clients with practical tools to manage their thoughts and emotions and navigate everyday life more effectively.

DBT in Practice:

In therapy sessions, clients learn to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and develop healthier ways of coping with stress, regulating emotions, and improving relationships. DBT therapists also use diary cards – a method for clients to record their emotions, urges, behaviours, and skill use, which are then reviewed in therapy sessions.

Why DBT at City Centre Therapy?

Recognised by NICE and part of the NHS pathways for EUPD and trauma, DBT is a validated approach. It’s also used by CAMHS for children and young adults. Our application of DBT at City Centre Therapy is not just about managing overwhelming emotions; it’s about empowering our clients to lead fulfilling lives, despite emotional challenges.

If you or someone you know is struggling with intense emotional experiences, DBT at City Centre Therapy could be the transformative step towards a life of balance and well-being. Contact us to discover more about how DBT can assist you or your loved ones in achieving emotional equilibrium.


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