Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a method of talking therapy which is used in treatment for a variety of mental health disorders. DBT is closely linked to cognitive behaviour therapy, but it is used with people who are experiencing extremely distressing and intense emotions.

The term ‘dialectical’ describes the presence of opposing ideas. In this therapy modality, it is referring to two techniques: acceptance and change. Acceptance is about validating and acknowledging your difficulties, and change refers to making steps towards a more positive future.

We use DBT to help you focus on finding ways to identify and reset negative thought patterns. This method of therapy has four stages which work in unison with each other, to create a full and effective treatment experience.

If you are living with chronic depression, destructive behaviours, severe eating disorders, or suicidal ideation, you may benefit from DBT. During dialectical behavioural therapy, you will be encouraged to remain in the present, and not to be consumed with anxiety about the future as this can pull you back into destructive behaviour or thoughts.

Our team at Addcounsel is composed of expert psychologists and therapists who are trained in the specifics of DBT. They have a wide breadth of experience, including working with individuals who are living with bipolar disorder, severe depression, and eating disorders.

In treatment, we focus on you, not your disorder. This means we take into consideration you as a whole person, your needs and hopes for the future. We provide compassionate care and a true commitment to your health. Treatment plans are tailored to your recovery goals, and we ensure that your comfort and privacy are continuously maintained.

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How Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Works

If you choose DBT, you will learn healthier coping mechanisms to help you manage the stresses and challenges of your condition. This can lead to more supportive relationships, generallyl improved wellbeing, and more control over your emotions and behaviours.

The goal of dialectical behavioural therapy is to acknowledge, understand, and change the negative behaviour and thought processes which may be contributing to your overall mental health.

There are four main stages of treatment in DBT therapy. These stages are flexible and will depend on the severity of your condition.

Stage 1: In the initial stage, you may still be in the depth of your mental illness. This usually results in feeling out of control. The goal from this stage is for you to take some control of your own behaviour.
Stage 2: In this stage, after the initial critical stage of stabilising behaviour, you move on to fully experiencing emotions. The emphasis is on progressing to a more emotionally sound state. During this phase, PTSD or past traumatic events will be addressed.
Stage 3: This stage is about learning to live to the fullest capacity of your life. You will be creating a strategy for life goals, improving self esteem, and finding a sense of calm and resolution with oneself.
Stage 4: In this stage, you will delve deeper into your spiritual existence. This can support you to find your purpose and stay on the path of recovery. This is where you can gain a greater sense of perspective and connection with the world around you.

How Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Can Help You

Although DBT was originally developed for individuals with borderline personality disorder, it is effective for those with other mental health conditions including depression, self-harm, suicidal behavior, addiction, PTSD, and eating disorders.

Typically, DBT is a one year programme. A commitment to this length of therapy is usually required in order to achieve a full and lasting recovery experience. However, sometimes a client’s experience is more suited to shorter programs which incorporate DBT methods.

Dialectical behavioural therapy is likely to be suited to you if you are ready to make positive changes to your life. Throughout this therapy you are apt to have personal exercises to complete which complement the work you do with your therapist. This treatment modality suits those who are ready to take on this level of work.

Dialectical behavioural therapy can help you by encouraging better emotion regulation. Getting in control of your emotions enables you to achieve many situations and challenges which previously felt insurmountable. By gaining control over your anger, depression, or any other difficult emotion, you can start to really live the life you desire.

Learning how to understand and manage your feelings decreases the intensity of distressing emotions. There are always going to be unforeseen circumstances in life, and you cannot control everything you encounter. Having a better handle on our emotions can be the key to a more balanced, happier existence.

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Sometimes it may feel like there are no answers to the painful emotions you are experiencing. We understand how difficult this can be, and that’s why we are here to help. DBT can help you connect personally and spiritually in a profound way to heal the pain you have experienced. We know that sometimes it feels like nobody can understand you, and you’ve exhausted the options, but our highly skilled therapists have spent years in training and are confident there is an option out there for you.

We are a luxury clinic located in central London. Our clientele are from diverse backgrounds, including public-facing individuals, so we respect and fully understand the need for privacy and security.

If you are living with complex mental health issues and you are looking for somewhere to feel heard and supported, consider Addcounsel today.

Get in touch with us to discuss DBT treatment options at +44 (0)203 709 3968 or email us at enquiries@addcounsel.com.

Frequently asked questions

If you have tried to stop a behaviour or habit and cannot, despite the negative impact it is having on your life then it is likely that you may need clinical intervention. Additionally, if a mental health condition is affecting the quality of your life then we can also help you.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Addcounsel are the only luxury treatment centre in London who offer a network of 80 specialists on a one-to-one basis to their clients. We pride ourselves on focussing on clinical excellence, meaning that we are client focussed but results driven. We understand what it is to work with wealthy clients; we know that it is not always easy and we know how to treat the complex and unique challenges it can entail.
We carry out a thorough diagnosis with our team of expert medical and psychiatric practitioners; this enables us to not only know what the client’s immediate problem is but the underlying factors which may be affecting it. We use this to provide a bespoke holistic treatment program in which every single aspect of the client is looked after, from their physical to their mental health. We are well equipped to match both our clients therapeutic and lifestyle needs, and we provide ongoing care plans with the goal of enabling our clients to have long lasting and consistent recovery.

Our treatment programs are delivered on a case-by-case basis. Humans are all individuals, and at Addcounsel we recognise that. This is why our program is always tailored to the needs of the client as a person, rather than trying to apply a “one-size-fits-all” treatment model. However, some of the therapies our clients can expect to receive are:

  • Psychotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Spiritual counselling
  • Mindfulness
  • RTMS
  • Somantic Experiencing
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT
  • Positive psychology
  • Hypnotherapy

In short, no. Our staff are very experienced in dealing with high-profile individuals and as such we understand the value of complete privacy. The only way that someone will find out that you attended Addcounsel is if you choose to tell them.

Our treatment programs are bespoke, and as such they do not have to have a set finish date. If you decide that you need to extend your stay with us, then we will extend your stay as long as you want.
If you decide that you need additional help upon leaving treatment, we offer tailored aftercare plans which can be carried out all over the world. This means that at any point you can have a member of our team with you, wherever you decide to go.

Absolutely. At Addcounsel, we pride ourselves on minimal disruption to the lifestyles of our clients. We want them to feel at home and comfortable during their time with us, so your staff can either stay with you or we can accommodate them in one of our exclusive Central London properties. We do provide a chef, but you are of course welcome to bring your own.
Addcounsel is also able to provide house staff, butlers, and private security if our clients require it.

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