DBT class in core mindfulness skills
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a skills training programme for people who experience difficulties in regulating emotions, including those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or traits. There is no specific diagnostic requirement for participation in the programme. If intense emotions, unmanageable distress or problematic behaviours interfere with your ability to be an effective human being, for example in the context of personal or professional relationships, DBT might be just what's needed. It will assist you in coping effectively with self-harm, extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, ADHD, eating difficulties, anger, depression, anxiety, intense relationships, impulsivity, and ultimately in building a fruitful, satisfying life.
There are four core DBT modules which are attended as part of the full DBT programme. It takes 34 weeks to complete them all once.
1) Core mindfulness and the middle path consists of six weekly sessions and is designed to teach you how to increase your awareness levels, focus better, train your attention, decrease reactivity and judgmentalness, and accept current moment experiences. This module will also teach you how to avoid taking extreme positions and instead acknowledge the validity of different positions and others' perspectives.
2) The distress tolerance module lasts for eight weeks and is centred on accepting difficult situations and emotions, and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behaviours such as self-harm, conflict, or impulsive substance misuse.
3) Emotion regulation entails 12 weekly classes and involves learning to recognise and label current emotions, identify obstacles to changing emotions, reduce emotional reactivity, increase positive emotions, and change emotions that are unhelpful or unwarranted.
4) Interpersonal effectiveness is spread over eight weeks and teaches effective strategies for asking for what you need, saying no, setting boundaries, and coping with interpersonal conflict. This module is of particular relevance to individuals who experience their relationships as chaotic, intense, and unstable, and it teaches strategies for maintaining balanced relationships.
This specialist programme is facilitated by Jaclyn Everitt, one of the senior team members. In addition to her core psychotherapy training, Jaclyn received extensive training and expert supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy. To find out more about Jacly please go to www.mind-reframed.com/aboutus.