Dialectical behaviour therapy explained

Dialectical behavior therapy is a useful approach for people who may experience more intense emotional reactions.

Originally designed as a talking therapy for borderline personality disorder, DBT teaches skills to enable you to balance seemingly contradictory goals: acceptance and change.


There are various components to DBT:

  • Mindfulness skills to help you accept, rather than challenge feelings and experiences;

  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills to encourage healthy, positive relationships with others;

  • Emotion regulation skills, to reduce unwanted emotions and emotional vulnerability;

  • Distress tolerance skills, enabling you to reduce your experience of distress, including implementing self-soothing techniques.


At PM Psychology, our individualised approach to treatment means various techniques from DBT are used where appropriate, as part of an integrative approach to therapy.

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