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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) stands as a well-researched and highly effective therapeutic approach, especially renowned for its success in treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), chronic depression, and other complex mental health conditions. With its roots in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT has expanded its reach, demonstrating significant success rates across various conditions. It’s a compassionate approach that blends acceptance and change, empowering individuals with the tools to navigate emotional turmoil and build a life worth living.

At DBT London, we believe DBT therapy will help you embrace change which is vital towards achieving mental well-being. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a pioneering approach that addresses a spectrum of mental health challenges. DBT therapy, explain its diverse techniques, and highlight the numerous benefits it can provide. Additionally, we provide guidance on commencing your journey with DBT therapy, supported by well-referenced and credible sources to ensure a comprehensive guide.



DBT Therapy FAQ

DBT Therapy most common questions answered by our DBT London team: Jason, Tanya, Tom and Julie. Cant see your answer? then just contact us here and we will answer your question the same day.

1. What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. It combines traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices.

2. What conditions does DBT treat?

DBT was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder but has since been effective for treating depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

3. How does DBT help with emotional regulation?

DBT provides specific skills like mindfulness and distress tolerance to help individuals understand and manage their emotions more effectively.

4. Can DBT help with anxiety?

Yes, the skills learned in DBT, particularly within the mindfulness and distress tolerance modules, can be very effective for managing anxiety.

5. What is mindfulness, and how is it used in DBT?

Mindfulness in DBT involves being fully present in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment, which can help reduce impulsivity and emotional distress.

6. What are the stages of DBT?

DBT typically unfolds in four stages: (1) achieving behavioral control, (2) exploring past traumatic experiences, (3) finding self-acceptance, and (4) promoting joy and connection.

7. How long does a typical DBT program last?

DBT programs often last about 6 months to 1 year, but the duration can vary depending on the individual’s progress and specific needs.

8. Is there homework in DBT?

Yes, homework assignments are a core part of DBT, as they help clients practice and integrate the skills they learn into their daily lives.

9. What is a DBT diary card?

A DBT diary card is a tracking sheet that clients use daily to monitor their emotions, urges, behavior, and skill use.

10. Are there individual sessions in DBT, or is it only group therapy?

Your DBT treatment plan may include both individual therapy sessions and group skills training, the DBT assessment will formulate the the most helpful package for you.

11. How often are DBT sessions held?

DBT usually involves one group skills training session per week and if needed additional 121 sessions.

12. What can I expect from a DBT skills group?

In a DBT skills group, clients learn and practice new behavioral skills together, guided by a trained DBT therapist.

13. What if I’m in a crisis? Does DBT offer support?

DBT London provides crisis coaching from 08:00 till 20:00 to help manage acute distress and prevent self-harm.

14. Can I do DBT if I’m already taking medication for my mental health?

DBT can complement pharmacotherapy, but it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider.

15. What is the ‘dialectical’ part of DBT?

The term ‘dialectical’ refers to the process of synthesizing opposite concepts (like acceptance and change) to find balance.

16. How is progress measured in DBT?

Progress in DBT is measured through regular assessments of symptom severity and by tracking skill acquisition and application.

17. Can family members be involved in the DBT process?

Yes, DBT can include family therapy sessions or family skills training to enhance support and communication.

18. What’s the difference between DBT and CBT?

While CBT focuses on changing unhelpful thinking and behavior, DBT also incorporates acceptance and mindfulness strategies.

19. Will my insurance cover DBT?

Coverage for DBT varies by provider and plan. Please note that we can only accept insurance for our daycare programme at the Nightingale Hospital. The online skills group is self fund only.

20. How do I start DBT at DBT London?

To begin DBT at DBT London, you can contact us via our website or phone to schedule an initial consultation.


The Four Modules of DBT Therapy

DBT unfolds in four progressive stages, each focusing on different aspects of healing and personal growth. From addressing self-destructive behaviors to fostering happiness and pursuing life goals, DBT therapy offers a structured pathway that provides a clear and instructive way to feel better without the need to use problem behaviours and self defeating choices that lead to feelings of hoplessness and despair.

DBT Therapy Skills

DBT therapy, a variant of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), embodies the fusion of acceptance and change, aiming to instill mindfulness, enhance emotional regulation, and foster healthier relationships. Initially conceptualized to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DBT therapy has metamorphosed into a holistic approach addressing a range of mental health conditions including eating disorders, substance use disorders, and PTSD[1][2].

Core Mindfulness

Core Mindfulness: Engages individuals in the present, encouraging a non-judgmental perception of their inner and outer worlds[4]. You can experience this by engaging in our mindfulness exercises, which guide you to focus on your breathing patterns, fostering a serene mental state.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal Effectiveness: Aims to bolster assertiveness in relationships, fostering positive and healthy interactions. Explore our resources on interpersonal effectiveness to hone your communication and relationship-building skills.


Techniques of DBT Therapy: The Tools for Change

As an evidence-based psychotherapy method, DBT therapy employs a blend of group therapy, individual counselling, crisis coaching and skills development to guide individuals through personal challenges[3]. DBT London helps patients learn and devlop the core skills that make DBT therapy an effective modality of treatment.


Distress Tolerance

Distress Tolerance: A crucial skill that fosters self-acceptance and equips individuals with strategies to cope during crises, promoting a positive long-term outlook[5]. Engage with our distress tolerance resources to learn more about this essential facet of DBT therapy.

Emotional Regulation

Emotion Regulation: Facilitates the navigation of intense emotions, enhancing individuals’ capacity to foster positive emotional experiences[6]. Visit our emotional regulation page for in-depth insights and guidance.



Applications of DBT Therapy: A Beacon of Hope for Various Disorders 

Developed in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her team, DBT therapy has proven to be a versatile tool in addressing a plethora of mental health conditions including, but not limited to, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and major depressive disorder[7].



Benefits of DBT Therapy: Embarking on a Journey of Self-Transformation 

DBT therapy stands as a beacon of transformation, offering a nurturing space where individuals can embrace change while cultivating self-acceptance. It fosters collaboration, skill enhancement, and support, paving the way for a balanced and harmonious life. To understand how DBT therapy can revolutionize your life, delve into our comprehensive guide on the benefits of DBT therapy.





The Therapeutic Alliance in DBT Therapy:

A cornerstone of effective DBT Therapy is the therapeutic alliance between the therapist and the client. At DBT London, we prioritise creating a supportive and collaborative environment where individuals feel safe to explore their emotional challenges. Our DBT therapists are highly trained and bring a compassionate approach to each session, fostering a strong therapeutic alliance. This alliance serves as a catalyst for meaningful change, empowering individuals to work through their challenges and develop resilience. The interactive nature of DBT Therapy, coupled with the nurturing environment at DBT London, paves the way for a transformative therapeutic experience that resonates beyond the therapy room.

The Evolving Landscape of DBT Therapy:

DBT Therapy is an ever-evolving field, with ongoing research continually enhancing the efficacy and application of its techniques. At DBT London, we are committed to staying at the forefront of these developments, ensuring that our clients benefit from the most current and effective DBT strategies. Our program integrates the foundational principles of DBT with the latest research findings, delivering a cutting-edge therapeutic experience. By engaging in continuous professional development and fostering a culture of clinical excellence, we ensure that DBT London remains a leading provider of DBT Therapy. Our holistic approach transcends symptom management, embracing a journey of self-discovery and lasting emotional growth.




Innovative Techniques in DBT Therapy:

DBT Therapy is known for its innovative blend of cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness strategies. At DBT London, we embrace this innovative spirit by continuously exploring and integrating new therapeutic techniques that enhance the DBT experience. Our structured program incorporates a range of activities, including mindfulness exercises, group discussions, and individual counselling, all designed to foster self-awareness, emotional regulation, and positive behavioral change. By offering a diverse array of techniques, we cater to the unique needs of each individual, ensuring a personalized and effective therapeutic journey. Our goal is to equip individuals with a robust set of skills that enable them to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and poise.

Community and Support in DBT Therapy:

The journey towards emotional well-being is often enriched by a sense of community and support. At DBT London, we foster a nurturing community where individuals can share their experiences, learn from others, and build supportive relationships. Our group therapy sessions provide a safe space for individuals to explore their challenges while receiving encouragement and feedback from both therapists and peers. Beyond the therapy sessions, we extend our support by providing a range of resources and ongoing guidance, ensuring that individuals feel supported every step of the way. The sense of belonging and communal support at DBT London amplifies the benefits of DBT Therapy, making it a deeply transformative and enriching experience.




Effectiveness of DBT Therapy: A Proven Path to Wellness 

Research illustrates the profound impact of DBT therapy across diverse demographics, offering hope and healing for individuals grappling with various mental health challenges[3][9][10]. Learn more about DBT skills on our dedicated page.


Things to Consider: The Commitment to Transformation

Embarking on the DBT therapy journey necessitates a commitment of time and effort, as individuals are guided to explore their traumatic experiences and emotional pains, fostering a profound personal transformation.

Getting Started with DBT Therapy: Your Path to Healing

Finding the right DBT therapy specialist is the first step in your journey to wellness. At DBT London, we provide professionl, trained and experieced DBT therapits to assist you in learing the DBT skills, you can locate other experienced therapists here.


A New Dawn with DBT Therapy

In a world rife with challenges, DBT therapy stands as a beacon of hope, offering a structured pathway to healing and personal growth. At DBT London, we are committed to fostering a community where mental wellness is a priority. Embark on your journey to a fulfilling life with DBT therapy, where every step is a stride towards a brighter future.




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  2. May, J., Richardi, T., & Barth, K. (2016). Dialectical behavior therapy as treatment for borderline personality disorder. Mental Health Clinician, 6(2), 62-67.
  3. Van Dijk, S., Jeffrey, J., & Katz, M. R. (2013). A randomized, controlled, pilot study of dialectical behavior therapy skills in a psychoeducational group for individuals with bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 145(3), 386-393.
  4. Feliu-Soler, A., Pascual, J. C., Borràs, X., Portella, M. J., Martín-Blanco, A., Armario, A., Alvarez, E., Pérez, V., & Soler, J. (2014). Effects of dialectical behaviour therapy-mindfulness training on emotional reactivity in borderline personality disorder: Preliminary results. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21(4), 363-370.
  5. May, J. M., Richardi, T. M., & Barth, K. S. (2016). Dialectical behavior therapy as treatment for borderline personality disorder. Mental Health Clinician, 6(2), 62-67.
  6. Goodman, M., Carpenter, D., Tang, C. Y., Goldstein, K. E., Avedon, J., Fernandez, N., … & Siever, L. J. (2014). Dialectical behavior therapy alters emotion regulation and amygdala activity in patients with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 57, 108-116.
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  8. Stotts, A. L., & Northrup, T. F. (2015). The promise of third-wave behavioral therapies in the treatment of substance use disorders. Current Opinion in Psychology, 2, 75-81.
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After completing a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme that includes all the above-mentioned components, along with strategies that are designed to help you cope with specific personal challenges, you should find it much easier to deal with anything that life throws at you, whilst remaining calm and under control.

Amy Matthew
Amy Matthew
I have had so many years struggling with my anxiety and have seen a few professionals over the years but my time I have spent with Jason has really helped me become so much more confident in myself and I can't thank him enough for taking the time to understand my issues and giving me the best tools that will stay with me and help me to continue to grow and become a stronger woman. Thank you Jason.
Jack Christodoulou
Jack Christodoulou
I would like to express my gratitude to Jason Ward for he's amazing help and getting me through dark times and into the light again. (I didn't think it was possible) many thanks life is better now.
Tallie Samuels
Tallie Samuels
I completed all four modules of the DBT course in 2020, and I can honestly say my life has been changed. I received so much support from Jason & Jerinda throughout my sessions, and I always felt like I was in a safe space with them. Throughout the course, I built up skills that I am still using today. I now find everyday life easier to manage; feel more in control of my emotional responses; am able to to tap into 'wise mind' rather than thinking in black & white; and I have a number of coping skills that make emotional crises easier to manage, when they do happen. This is the best course of therapy I have ever completed, and I have tried many different kinds in my lifetime. Thanks to the skills I learnt on the course, and to my own hard work integrating them into my life, I now live a life that feels worth living. Thank you.
Samantha Tran-Larkin
Samantha Tran-Larkin
I have completed 2 modules of the DBT programme so far and I can honestly say it has honestly changed my life. I am not a stranger to therapy. 2 years ago I started general psychotherapy following the birth of my 4th child as I developed what I thought was PND. I also had a volatile relationship. Because of my personal circumstances, things progressively got worse. When I started the DBT programme I was lost, angry, hopeless and saw this as my last chance to solve some crisis of mine. 2 modules in, I feel refreshed and optimistic. I understand myself more and get boundaries. I am more productive and for the first time in a long while I can actually say I am happy. I will most likely revisit certain modules for a little refresh and will continue to use my invaluable DBT skills everyday. Thank you Jason.
Sevda Sipahi
Sevda Sipahi
I was feeling insecure, anxious and depressed. I have joined the DBT sessions. I found it so helpful and effective. Before DBT, l wasn’t aware of the skills. Jason and Jurenda are such amazing people with their knowledge and positivity. They were so supportive. They taught me the skills and motivated me a lot to use the skills. Gradually l felt l improved myself quite a lot and definitely l feel much better now than before. It also improved my self confidence. I am more aware of myself now than before. I learnt to be in wise mind rather than being too emotional or too rational. I want to thank Jason and Jurenda for their good work, support and kindness.
I've been working on my DBT skills with Jason for the past 9 months. In that time I have learnt enough repair damaged relationships with family, to begin to curb my unhealthy 'problem behaviours' and to start to build back up my self esteem and work on treating myself with kindness and compassion. I would thoroughly recommend DBT therapy, I think we all have a lot to learn from it. Without it and without Jason I wouldn't be where I am right now - I'm very grateful.
Samuel Perry
Samuel Perry
Jason helped me through a very low period in my life, I was depressed and anxious, using DBT skills helped resolve my symptoms.
Daniel Fox
Daniel Fox
Got the training last year here and I can clearly say I am much skilled in DBT. They have changed my skill and this course is really helpful. Thanks