Wednesday 21 February 2018

DBT 'teaches people core life skills'

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

DIALECTICAL Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a multi-faceted approach to the issue of self-harm and suicide.

It evolved from an early US behaviour therapy approach which found that the majority of patients at risk of self-harm reacted badly to criticism, even self-criticism, over the need for change in their lives.

Instead, while DBT does involve a patient assessing their life for change, it also helps them address issues such as self-worth, problem identification and coping mechanisms for life.

Unlike other treatment programmes, DBT also identified the importance of involving a patient's family in the recovery process.

University of Washington's Prof Marsha Linehan, who helped develop DBT, said: "It basically helps teach people core life skills – how to cope with their problems. The core of it really is teaching 'mindfulness' skills."

Irish Independent

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