Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a skills training programme for people who experience difficulites in regulating emotions, including those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or traits. There is no specific diagnostic requirement for participation in the programme. If intense emotions, unmanageable distress or problematic behaviours interfere with your ability to be an effective human being, for example in the context of personal or professional relationships, DBT might be just what's needed. It will assist you in coping effectively with self-harm, extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, ADHD, eating difficulties, anger, depression, anxiety, intense relationships, impulsivity, and ultimately in building a fruitful, satisfying life.
Core Mindfulness: To be confirmed Distress Tolerance: To be confirmed Emotion Regulation: To be confirmed Interpersonal (Relationship) Effectiveness: To be confirmed
This group will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 10am to 11:30am at the Ann Robertson Centre, 55 London Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8HQ, which is a brief walk from Canterbury West train station.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is one of the most researched treatments for people with difficulties in regulating their emotions. It was originally developed by Dr Marsha Linehan for self-harming individuals who met criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT is a team-based programme which entails weekly individual therapy and skills classes, phone skills coaching available seven days a week and DBT team consultation. It was proven effective in reducing suicidal behaviour, self-injury, impulsivity, disruptions to personal relationships and improving social functioning. DBT is also applied as a treatment for eating and mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood sexual abuse and substance dependency, and is now the go-to treatment for improving emotional regulation skills in those diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD or ADD.
There are four core DBT modules which are attended as part of the full DBT programme. It takes 34 weeks to complete them all once, however, as the research studies conducted on DBT for BPD have all included one year of this intensive treatment, we recommend that clients commit to DBT for one year. This is subject to individual circumstances.
New skills are presented each week and homework tasks are assigned for participants to practice during the week. Homework is reviewed at the next class. The goal of this is for people to get better at using the skills when they are needed most, such as during times of intense emotion, crisis or conflict.
There is no specific diagnostic requirement for participation in our DBT skills classes. Although DBT was originally developed for people meeting criteria for BPD, the skills we teach can help other people who experience problems with self-harm, extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, anger, recurrent depression, anxiety, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity and stress.
All individuals interested in joining the full programme will be assessed by a member of the Mind-Reframed team. It is also possible to provide a referral letter from your psychiatrist or current therapist outlining your mental health history and reasons for referral.
The fee is £75 per 90-minute class. To reserve the place 50% of the module fee must be paid at the time of booking which is non-refundable. The remaining part of the fee is due a week before the official start date of the module. It is only possible to commit to a full module and the fees are payable for each of the sessions. This includes sessions that are not attended, missed or cancelled.