Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is one of the most effective ways of doing therapy with young people and adults who struggles with very high and intense emotions. These emotions often translate in impulsive behaviours like: self-harming, suicide attempts, binge eating, alcohol or drug use, violence and aggression.
DBT aims to help the person reach a balance between accepting themselves and at the same time, having the right skills to manage the problems in their lives and not letting the high emotions dictate their behaviour.
DBT, as it is delivered by us, consists of 5 modalities:
- individual skills training, where the client learns specialised skills from the therapist in a very structured way
- individual therapy, where the client and therapist work together to solve the client’s emotional, day to day problems or crises (by applying the skills learnt in the individual skills training sessions and other skills from the client’s repertoire and therapist’s experience)
- phone coaching, where the client contacts the therapist when crises happen and get coached through them
- family sessions with adolescent clients, where adolescents and parents work together within sessions
- a weekly consultation meeting for the therapist, to get peer supervision.