Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Posted on: 9th July 2018

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a form of psychotherapy derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT). Like CBT, this therapy concentrates on guiding patients to think and act in a healthy manner. However, it maintains a particular focus on self- acceptance and appreciation. DBT is most commonly used to treat those with Borderline Personality Disorder, but can be used for a variety of other issues. The definition of ‘dialectics’ is the enquiry into opposing forces and how they interact with each other. In DBT, your therapist will help you to strike a balance between two opposing forces, such as acceptance and change. You will learn to accept and validate your feelings first and then pursue a change in behaviour.

What issues might Dialectical Behaviour Therapy be used for?

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts / Self Harm

What are the benefits of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?


In DBT, you will develop a strong relationship with your therapist and experience a boost in self-esteem as you work to meet specific goals set during your sessions. If you are the type to feel emotions very strongly, DBT will help you acknowledge and accept them, while focusing on ways to manage them.