DBT Informed Practice
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:
- Emotional Regulation
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Distress Tolerance
All four areas work very well with all age groups.