DBT Prolonged Exposure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Until recently individuals presenting with multiple and comorbid problems such as suicidal and self-injurious behaviour, dissociation, substance misuse and personality disorders were often excluded from trauma treatments due to their severity. When not treated, however, PTSD increases the risk of suicidal and self-harming behaviours and is likely to interfere with achieving recovery. DBT-Based Prolonged Exposure protocol was developed by Dr Melanie Harned specifically to treat PTSD among high-risk and multi-problem clients who are receiving DBT. It was designed to help these tremendously suffering individuals recover from trauma and build lives worth living. Research indicates that this treatment is feasible to deliver, acceptable to clients, safe, and effective in reducing PTSD symptoms, suicidal and self-injurious behavior, dissociation, shame, guilt, depression and social impairment. To find out more about the DBT PE protocol please click here.