Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) in Exeter and Torquay

Helping you with intense emotions

What is DBT?

Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapy treatment based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has been modified to help people who experience intense emotions effectively. As a similar talking therapy, DBT treatment helps you understand a range of difficult, challenging, or intense feelings you might be feeling and make positive changes to your emotions or behaviour.

The ‘dialectical’ part of DBT means bringing together two opposing ideas. So, while you focus on accepting yourself and the everyday realities of your life and behaviours, DBT also helps to change your life and any unwanted or unhelpful behaviour you want to change.

How can Dialectical Behavioural Therapy help you?

Like CBT, DBT works because it’s transparent, collaborative, goal-focused, and has structure. Rather than looking at past events and what led you to seek therapy, CBT focuses on what’s going on in your life right now. But it also helps you create long-term strategies to move forward and develop a better way of coping with your life.

As DBT is an extension of CBT, it also makes it an accessible and informal therapy, widely used to treat long-established mental health conditions, including:

  • Personality disorders
  • Self-harming
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression, stress, and anxiety

DBT can also be used alongside counselling and other therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to treat an even wider range of mental health issues.

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