When she found that traditional behavioural treatments did not seem to work for certain clients she started incorporating eastern psychological theory and practices into her treatment.Through feedback from clients and observations about what worked in the treatment she developed DBT.
DBT appreciates the complexity of ongoing emotional problems, that change can be difficult, and that it may feel risky and challenging.
However, DBT appreciates that, through the right type of support and therapy, lasting change is possible.
However, when a person does not know how to take care of their sensitivity they may learn to dull the pain through escaping or avoiding emotions.
This can lead to extreme behaviours that have their own consequences, as well the by-product of maintaining the belief that the person cannot tolerate and cope with intense emotions.
The research indicates that therapists with extensive formal training in DBT achieve better outcomes for their clients, and that people who engage in one-on-one DBT therapy while also attending a DBT group get better outcomes.
Furthermore, it appears that when family members and significant others attend a DBT group as well, outcomes are further improved.It may sound easy but taking this view is very challenging at fist as it involves finding a whole new way of doing things.However, with practice it is a skill that anyone can develop.DBT is not a quick fix, and DBT therapists will not treat you like there is.If there was a quick fix you wouldn’t be here reading this now.In DBT many problems, such as ongoing life threatening or self-harming behaviours are viewed as a person’s attempt in the moment to solve the problem of painful emotions.