What Is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is a type of talking psychotherapy, originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder in the 1980s. Is closely related to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), another recognised and hugely powerful talking therapy that we offer.

Over the years it has been found that it successfully treats a number of mental health illnesses, including addiction, depression, anxiety disorder, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress. Our Counsellors are qualified and highly experienced in delivering both CBT and DBT.

The therapy delivered is individualised to each patients treatment needs, ensuring that they get the best treatment possible and appropriate levels of support throughout their stay. Like CBT, DBT is also very flexible, so we incorporate elements of it into many of our other therapies as part of our treatment

Treatment with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

With mental health illnesses and mood disorders, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) helps the individual to identify assumptions, thoughts and beliefs that are unhelpful and therefore make their life harder to live. The mind and the individuals thinking is what drives addicts and alcoholics to continue using or relapsing even when they want to get and stay clean.

Addicts and those that suffer from mental health illnesses, notoriously lack self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-love. Their addiction leads them to believe that they are unlovable and so the self-destructive patterns continue. Addiction is also characterised by unrealistic expectations of themselves and others; we help them to see the truth and encourage more realistic thinking with very achievable goals.

DBT is a solution-based treatment that focuses on the solution of recovery as opposed to the problem of addiction. It is highly successful in transforming the foundations of the individual’s cognitive thought processes, making life much more comfortable and bearable for them without the need for alcohol, drugs or destructive behaviours.

How Does DBT Differ from CBT?

DBT and CBT are both types of talking psychotherapy and are closely linked. Both have been developed to identify, challenge and change unhelpful and self-destructive thought processes and behaviours. DBT differs from CBT in that it also focuses the individual on acceptance of him or herself.

It encourages self-care, self-compassion and self-worth. DBT also places particular importance on the patient/therapist relationship. The therapeutic relationship is then used to assist the individual in focusing on positive change, change that will encourage them to view themselves in a different light to how they normally do.

DBT discourages black and white thinking and encourages more flexible thinking that fosters acceptance and change. What differentiates the two types of therapy, is the subtle differences in the therapeutic relationship with the therapist/counsellor and the encouragement of self-acceptance.

What Does Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Treat?

DBT has been designed to treat those that struggle to process difficult emotions and suffer from self-destructive thought patterns. The theory behind the development of DBT is that some people feel emotions much more strongly than others. Those suffering from mental health disorders and addiction fall into this category.

By using drink and drugs to suppress emotions, they have never learned how to process them effectively. Take away the drink and the drugs and the individual is left without coping skills and is highly susceptible to relapse. DBT helps to “right size” emotions and develop healthy strategies for processing and dealing with them.

This vastly helps with the improvement of the individual’s quality of life and how they manage it. Behind every emotion felt, there is a thought process responsible; change the thought process and the emotion changes too. DBT helps with challenging thinking and changing it.

Encouraging Self-Acceptance and Self-Worth

Through the application of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, an individual can learn to understand and accept him or herself as they are. This drastically reduces internal conflict and they start to work “with” themselves as oppose to giving themselves a hard time.

The strong therapeutic relationship between counsellor and patient fosters trust and understanding. The patient learns how to forgive themselves and show self-compassion and love when dealing with scenarios and events that they would have used on in the past.

Having no acceptance of oneself or their illness encourages negative beliefs systems and emotions such as shame, guilt, anger and blame. By learning to accept and gain a better understanding of who they are and why they are the way that they are, the individual starts to develop self-compassion, empathy, love, self-forgiveness and motivation to change.

DBT with Oasis Runcorn

Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offers the choice of one of two powerful and proven rehabilitation programmes that are based on the 2 main types of solution-focused therapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

We use these proven treatment methodologies as a foundation for our recovery programmes in treating:

  • Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

We combine CBT and DBT with our other proven addiction and co-occurring illness treatments such as 12 Step, Music Therapy, Art Therapy and Mindfulness and Meditation. On admission, prior to treatment commencing, each patient is carefully assessed by our qualified Doctor, who is experienced in treating physical and mental health conditions.

A comprehensive treatment plan is then formed for our therapists to follow, monitor and review. We believe that it is only by treating the root issues of the individuals’ illness and personal problems, that addiction, mental health disorders and harmful behaviours can be permanently overcome.

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