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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT):

DBT is a psychological therapy first developed in the late 1980s by Dr Marsha Linehan and colleagues at the Behavioural and Research Clinics at the University of Washington, Seattle USA.  DBT has become an internationally renowned leading treatment for problems of emotion and behaviour.  Originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is well established as a very effective treatment for this disorder as well as Eating Disorders, Substance Use problems,  PTSD, trauma, Bi-Polar Disorder, OCD, depression and anxiety.  DBT is an effective treatment for emotional difficulties -sometimes referred to as Emotion Dysregulation.

DBT is an intensive treatment with a number of components.  Individual therapy targets unwanted behaviours, whilst building on skills to manage emotional difficulties.  Life threatening and treatment interfering behaviours are effectively changed with DBT treatment.  DBT teaches a large number of specific life skills.  These are most effectively taught in a classroom setting referred to as DBT Skills Groups.  DBT treatment also includes telephone coaching and between session support, making it a very flexible and responsive treatment.

Therapists offering DBT participate in a DBT Consultation Team to ensure the therapy remains of the highest quality and effective in reaching treatment goals.  Participants in DBT are supported not only to reduce troubling symptoms, but to build a “life worth living”, as part of a holistic recovery journey.  Our DBT programs offer family skills training or family education sessions to ensure the family environment is also supported, if desired.  A range of written and other resources are provided to support individuals to learn all of the DBT skills.

How to access to DBT:

DBT requires extensive training to deliver this therapy as it was designed.  There are a limited number of Australian therapists that have the required level of training.

Axon Health is proud to offer access to DBT as well as other therapies.

Our principal therapist, Terri-lee Hill, has completed the 2 year “Comprehensive DBT training for Independent Practitioners” program with Behavioral Tech, USA.  Terri-lee travelled to Seattle Washington and was trained by Dr Linehan and other leading experts in DBT.  This included practice under expert supervision for 2 years.  Terri-lee remains part of an international DBT Consultation Team and regularly speaks at Conferences and Workshops on DBT and treating complex psycho-social problems.  Terri-lee works with trained DBT therapists and also supports other health professionals who would like to learn more about DBT or other counselling therapies.

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