One of the most effective therapies for those suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) – as we have seen, BPD is closely linked to childhood trauma) is called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
What Is DBT?
DBT is based on the person’s need to change their behavior and their need to be accepted. The therapy was devised by Marsha Lineham, PhD.
What Does DBT Involve?
Typically, DBT involves :
- individual psychotherapy (usually once per week), starting with changing the individual’s most concerning behaviors, then changing behaviors hindering therapy (e.g. missing appointments), and finally with ‘quality of life issues.’
- skills training (within a group-therapy context). The four main skills that are taught are :
- phone consultation
- DBT for the family (particularly important if the individual being treated is a young person living within an invalidating family environment)
Research Suggests That DBT Can Beneficially Alter Brain Functioning :
THE STUDY :