What Is DBT?

Developed in the 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy originally designed to better treat borderline personality disorder. It has since been expanded to treat other enduring mental health disorders including anxiety, bipolar and depression.

The Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Book

The Dialectial Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook

We work from a self-help book - The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook which teaches four important skills to help reduce the impact of overwhelming emotions and help to keep you grounded when these emotions happen.

Click the cover on the left to read an example of the kind of mindfulness exercises that you'll find in the book.

What Are These Skills?

  • Distress Tolerance: Build up resilience to upsetting events.
  • Mindfulness: Experience the present more fully and overcome judgemental behaviour.
  • Emotion Regulation: Recognise and observe your emotions instead of being overwhelmed.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: The tools to express your needs and negotiate solutions to problems.

The hard part will be the commitment from you to do the exercises and put your newly learned skills into practice. Nothing can change just by reading the chapters as the words in the book will have no impact on your life unless you implement -behaviourally- the strategies and skills that you need to make changes in your life.