Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Find a DBT Therapist Nearby or Online
If you are looking for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) with a qualified and accredited expert, then you are in the right place. The DBT therapists on this registry service have all completed professional DBT training in addition to their core Cognitive Behavioural Therapy qualifications. You can view the featured DBT therapists in the profile showcase on this page or browse DBT therapists by entering your postcode and selecting the DBT option in the search box.
What Is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy also known as DBT, is a modern form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a strong evidence base and a solid treatment record. Like other forms of CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy focuses on altering the impact of unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns that keep a wide range of emotional and psychological problems going. DBT is particularly helpful for problems with high levels of emotional sensitivity, difficulties with emotional management and problems with interpersonal communication and behaviour.
DBT was originally developed to work with Borderline Personality Disorder, also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. Over the last 30 years, research into the effectiveness of DBT has demonstrated good results for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse problems.
Whilst there are many similarities between DBT and traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a key difference is a specific focus on the three areas of Validation, Acceptance and Change. DBT involves acknowledging the causes of distress, a willingness to accept what cannot be changed and a commitment to change what is within our power to change.
How Does Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Work?
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is usually delivered in groups and by undertaking regular individual therapy sessions. This is often supported by email or phone contact between the therapist and client. The DBT treatment process involves a highly disciplined and structured approach to therapy. This is based on the following four key areas:
- Mindfulness Skills; learning how to be present and to improve focus of attention.
- Distress Tolerance Skills; learning how to prepare for and respond to emotional triggers and challenges.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills; learning how to improve assertiveness, listening and interpersonal communication.
- Emotional Regulation Skills; learning how to identify, interpret and change overpowering emotional reactions.
Current research shows that DBT can be effectively delivered in groups or as a one-to-one therapy process. A strong DBT therapist will have specialist training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in addition to their core Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training.
The DBT practitioners on this website have completed their post-graduate training in CBT and have undertaken additional specialist training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.