Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

When individuals who had invalidating experiences in their childhood or adulthood have difficulty moving forward from these experiences, emotion regulation may become challenging. This may lead to situations where unhelpful behaviours occur due to our difficulties in regulating our emotions. Emotion regulation is a skill that helps us prevent these kind of situations by allowing us to step back and name our feelings, validate them and decide a response that is more helpful in times of social and personal difficulties. It helps us improve our mood, increase compassion and empathy for ourselves and others.

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that help us improve our emotion regulation skills both in relationship to ourselves and interpersonally, therefore leading us to a better quality of life. It was developed to help individuals who cope with distressing situations using self-destructive ways such as self-harm, substance misuse and eating disorders.

DBT was developed by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., of the University of Washington. It aims to improve emotional responses that are poorly modulated and applies a range of Cognitive & Behavioral strategies and Mindfulness skills  to the problems experienced by individuals with a wide variety of difficulties such as addiction, axiety, mood swings, eating disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder and much more.  The skills taught are effective in helping people to manage their emotions, their behaviour, their relationships and their distress.

What do we offer?

Brighton Therapy Centre welcomes those with difficulties of regulating emotions and offers an outstanding team of practitioners for DBT in individual format as well as group format. Lisa Davies, Laura Findlay, Jacqui Paterson and Rachel Singh are the four current members of the DBT Team and are involved in the delivery of the DBT sessions. Lisa, Jacqui and Laura each have extensive experience in providing treatment to individuals with complex personality difficulties and all four of DBT practitioners are all qualified DBT practitioners who have completed the Intensive Training required. Jacqui and Laura also delivers an effective DBT Skills Group.

If you are interested in DBT individual or group sessions, you would be required to come in for a general initial consultation session first at normal cost. Following this, we would ask you to arrange a DBT assessment consultation which would be arranged with one of our qualified DBT practitioners. There is a charge of £45 for all DBT initial assessment appointments and a general initial assessment would need to be completed before a DBT initial assessment can be carried out. Once both assessments have been carried out, you would be referred to either individual or DBT Skills Group sessions allowing you to get the best out of this treatment at your individual circumstances.

The DBT team run a weekly consultation meeting where individual and group practitioners come together to obtain consultation, training and help from others in the team in order to keep a clear and focused mind to help you the best way possible with the work.

Individual DBT Sessions

Inidividual DBT sessions ideally run once a week and is on a sliding scale from £40 to £60 per session. Sessions last 50 minutes.

To find out more about the DBT Group, please look for DBT Skills Group under our Therapy Groups.