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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

What is DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)?

A treatment helpful for people who just find it hard to cope with life.

DBT helps people with managing their overwhelming emotions and helps those who find it hard to keep their behaviour/s under control.

Who is DBT for?

DBT is for anyone wanting to:

  • learn new behaviours in different relevant contexts
  • better recognise, cope with & manage, your distress and emotions with painful events
  • live life better in the moment
  • be more effective in your way of getting on with others
  • change their problems in living or who need help finding the barriers to change
  • aim for being able to feel joy in your life
  • put in home practice between sessions or to work out with, an accepting and encouraging therapist, what stands in the way of change.

Can I have one to one DBT skills sessions?

Our Clinical Psychologists offering DBT skills aim to help build a good working relationship with you so that you can learn to manage overwhelming emotions.

As Clinical Psychologists are trained in other therapies too, the therapy offered can be agreed with you after the getting-to-know-you stage. For example, you may agree on a course of DBT skills first, then followed by Trauma focussed work (when you are ready for that)

Our Clinical Psychologists are trained in and experienced in offering different approaches including DBT skills; known to help people with many different difficulties.

Your Clinical Psychologist will help you look at different aspects of yourself that you want to change and to work out the best, individually tailored, route of how to get there.

This may involve using DBT skills, either alone or in combination with other therapies.

Do you need a diagnosis to have DBT skills?

No, you don’t need to have any diagnosis.

People with one or more diagnoses have found DBT life-changing.

A diagnosis could be Emotionally Unstable Personality (EUPD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Borderline Pattern. DBT was originally developed with this group in mind but is now being used more widely.

More on DBT at nhs uk and on Wikipedia

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What does DBT help with?

Research evidence shows that DBT therapy can help many people with different difficulties.

Our clinical psychologists are trained and experienced in offering DBT

Some of our clinical psychologists have been trained in DBT and can offer DBT skills training on an individual basis.

How do I make an appointment?

We currently have appointment slots available, mostly online, with some face to face same-room appointments in certain parts of the country.

To see one of our Clinical Psychologists, do make contact using the green button or call to help us fix a good day and time for you.

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Jurai Darongkamas | Clinical Psychologist


Dr Jurai Darongkamas

Written by Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience).This has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader.It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.She has published in the CBT professional journal; Primary care mental health workers’ views of clinical supervision. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.Please view our comprehensive list of FAQs for specific questions.

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