Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic approach in treating BPD

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic approach in treating BPD

For those struggling with the day-to-day reality of living with a personality disorder, it can feel as if there is no way out. Intense feelings of isolation, anger, shame and resentment can build up with explosive consequences for you and for the people around you. Yet, with the help of well-tailored therapy, many individuals are able to change the way they think and behave, paving the way for more fulfilling lives.

Dialectical behaviour therapy ( DBT) was developed specifically for those suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder, yet its ability to help manage emotions and improve interaction has seen benefits across the personality disorder spectrum as a whole. Combined with psychodynamic psychotherapy, DBT it is considered highly effective s in helping individuals to:

- regulate and manage intense emotions such as rage, jealousy, rejection and shame
- deccrease impulsive and reckless behaviour
- decrease high-risk suicidal behaviour
- deal with post traumatic stress responses
- enhance respect for self
- improve interpersonal communication skills

Reading recommendations on personality disorder:
'Understanding Personality Disorders: An Introduction' (2010) by Duane Dobbert
‘The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Living with BPD’ (2008) by Alex Chapman and Kim Gratz.
‘The Essential Guide to Overcoming Avoidant Personality Disorder’ (2010) by Martin Kantor.
'DBT skills' (2015) by Marsha M. Linehan

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