Marsha Linehan developed dialectical behavior therapy DBT in the early s specifically for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. DBT is a multifaceted treatment approach that includes facets of cognitive behavior skills training, mindfulness meditation, behaviorism and dialectics. Though none of these individual aspects is novel on its own, implementing them together in a structured program was an innovative development that has led to greater client success. DBT is structured to help clients gain insight and skills to manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The therapy focuses on four skills modules:.
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DBT is closely related to CBT, and was initially developed by Marsha Linehan for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder who cope with distressing emotions and situations by using self-destructive behaviours such as self-harm, substance abuse and eating disorders. DBT is now being used for treating other mental health conditions. Individuals learn more helpful coping skills to deal with distressing emotions and situations, and to improve their relationships. Dialectics is the theory that opposites can co-exist. In therapy, different points of view are discussed, and clients are then helped to select appropriate skills to either change or accept situations. Emotion Mind Thinking and behaviour controlled by emotional state Thoughts are unhelpful and distressing Difficult to think logically and rationally Facts are distorted to fit with current distress Opinions Strong emotions drive strong behaviour What I want to do Reasonable Mind Intellectual, scientific Logical and rational thinking Factual thinking, based on evidence Able to plan how to respond Focuses attention Cool in approaching problems What I should do Wise Mind Integrates Emotion Mind and Reasonable Mind Adds intuitive knowing to emotional distress and logical analysis The calm that follows a storm Sees or knows something directly and clearly Grasps the bigger picture, rather than just parts Ensures needs of both Emotion Mind and Reasonable Mind are met: Reasonable Mind is right, but Emotion Mind needs to be soothed What's the most appropriate and effective skills that I could use for this situation? When we feel upset or distressed, we normally react automatically, without thinking about the consequences.
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