Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Another psychotherapeutic approach to come out of the US was developed by Marsha Linehan’s originally to help chronically suicidal individuals.

DBT combines crisis intervention support with other intervention practices that are theoretically grounded in Eastern meditative and acceptance-based philosophies. It focuses on helping the client build skills in acceptance and tolerance of intense negative emotions as a means to take better control of their emotions and their lives more generally, including relationships.

In DBT, the therapist and client are expected to build a relationship where the therapist can help the client start to bridge the gap between “emotional” and “rational” interpretations of their world. In addition, client and therapist exchanges help the client negotiate a balance between acceptance and change of certain client tendencies (hence the term “dialectical”).

Our Borderline Personality Disorder Portal

The following pages are designed to provide additional information and advice on BPD treatment and our approach: