Do emotions rule your life and your relationships? Perhaps you've learnt to keep them at bay? Skills taught in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy can help you recognise emotions, be with your them rather than becoming them, change unwarranted and unhelpful ones, express them skillfully to others and also manage your thinking, behaviours and urges. Clinical evidence suggests that DBT skills can help people living with Borderline Personality Disorder and others who experience problems with self-harm, extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, anger, recurrent depression, anxiety, addictions, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity, eating disorders and stress.
Core Mindfulness: Experience the present moment without judgement (3 weeks): TBC Distress Tolerance: Cope with painful events and emotions (7 weeks): TBC Emotion Regulation: Recognise and regulate feelings (9 weeks): TBC Interpersonal Effectiveness: Set limits, express and negotiate (5 weeks): TBC
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is the most researched treatment for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder, also known as disorder of emotion regulation. DBT is a modification of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and it applies a range of cognitive-behavioural strategies and mindfulness skills to the problems experienced by people living with emotion dysregulation. This intensive psychological treatment was designed to enhance people's skills in regulating their emotions and behaviour and was shown effective in reducing suicidal behaviour, non-suicidal self-injury as well as improving social and overall functioning. DBT is now used in a variety of psychological treatments including treatment for eating disorders and mood disorders. Recent research also suggests its effectiveness with sexual abuse survivors, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance dependency. DBT skills are of relevance to people who experience overwhelming emotions and want to learn more skillful ways of managing intense suffering, improve their functioning within relationships and build a life that they will experience as worth living.
There are 4 DBT skills modules which are based on the recently updated DBT Skills Training Manual by Marsha Linehan (2014) and can be attended on a modular basis or purchased as a package of four.
New skills are presented each week and homework is assigned for participants to practice during the week. Homework is reviewed at the next class. The goal of DBT classes is for people to gain new skills, get better at the skills they have and be able to use the skills when they are really needed, such as during times of intense emotion, crisis or conflict.
Traditionally, DBT skills classes were designed to serve as a supplement to individual psychotherapy. We are offering places to people with a simultaneous involvement in individual therapy and to those who are only interested in learning the skills. Our classes might also be of help to people who attended DBT in the past and now want to refresh their knowledge of some of the modules.
Our Saturday DBT class meets weekly for 1.5 hours in Mellieħa. The group is held on Saturday mornings between 11am and 12:30pm and we cover each of the DBT modules: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness.