What is DBT?
DBT is an acronym which stands for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
The word Dialectical has Greek origins and speaks about seeking balance in the way we live our lives.
“The main idea of dialectics is that there is an opposite of everything, and we tend to be the most effective when we can find balance between opposites. So, being dialectical means finding a balance.” (Eich, J. 2015).
DBT is a behavioural therapy because it pays attention to our thoughts and behaviours and provides an opportunity to change the unhealthy parts of our lives.
The main goal of DBT is TO MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING. It's important to realise that we don't have to feel trapped by our past behaviour and there is always space for acceptance and change.
DBT helps teens:
- To build mindfulness about ourselves and others.
- To feel their feelings and express them, without acting out or turning to unhealthy behaviours.
- It provides tools to cope during difficult times.
- Build and sustain healthy relationships with friends, family and teaching staff.
DBT is particularly helpful for teens who:
- Experience anxiety or depression
- Have been bullied
- Experienced trauma
- Struggle self-harm
- Struggle to regulate their emotions
- Struggle with impulsive behaviour
Sessions are held in a group or induvial therapy setting