DBT Informed Practice

Childhood Trauma

Marsha Linehan developed DBT as a result of her own diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder when she found that CBT was not providing comprehensive support for her whilst she was an inpatient at a mental health facility. DBT is now practised widely by many practitioners and is considered very successful for working with people who have experienced

  • ​childhood trauma
  • ​substance misuse
  • eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia
  • ​childhood physical abuse and neglect
  • ​drug-related problems
  • ​emotional disorders including anxiety, depression and grief following bereavement
  • psychosomatic problem

Four areas of DBT

I use a DBT informed practice after having completed a 12-month post-graduate diploma with the DBT Institute in Melbourne, Victoria. I use this approach for a wide range of issues with clients and have found that DBT informed practice can be modified to meet the needs of a wide range of conditions and issues. 

There are four areas of DBT that I draw upon:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance

All four areas work very well with all age groups.

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