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The Experience of the Process and Outcome of DBT

The Experience of the Process and Outcome of DBT

The authors describe how they participated in DBT treatment, as well as the effect and the hard-earned results that came from their commitment and efforts.
DBT taught me the skills I needed to help manage my illness. I deal much better with stressful life events. I am able to stop and think before acting on impulses.

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The Experience of the Therapist and Client Relationship in DBT

The Experience of the Therapist and Client Relationship in DBT

Marsha Linehan emphasizes that “the therapeutic relationship and therapist self-disclosure” is essential to DBT (DBT Skills Training Manual). She gives equal importance to “treating therapy-interfering behaviors of both client and therapist.” This is an example of the dialectical stance that recognizes and works with the transactional nature of the therapeutic relationship.

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The Experience of Doing DBT

The Experience of Doing DBT

The authors describe their experience of using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the treatment of BPD. They offer their firsthand account of how DBT works with their emotional pain–acknowledging the time, effort, and practice needed for the skills to become effective in reducing their suffering.

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Emotional Dysregulation, BPD and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Emotional Dysregulation, BPD and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Borderline Personality Disorder is a disorder of emotional dysregulation. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan to treat severe emotional dysregulation. While DBT is now recognized as a multi-diagnostic treatment, it was the first and remains the most researched evidence-based treatment for BPD.

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