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Re: CBT questions

Posted by Dinah on June 7, 2004, at 10:51:27

In reply to Re: CBT questions, posted by fires on June 6, 2004, at 18:23:01

> I've been out of therapy for so long, that I don't even know what DBT is? Dynamic BT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, developed by Marsha Linehan, incorporating elements of CBT and eastern philosophy. I always think of it as a kinder and gentler CBT.

> I'm curious why CBT wouldn't be just as effective as psychoanalysis, and be much faster and less expensive?

Because, thank heavens, people are individuals. There is no one size fits all therapy, just as there is no one size fits all medication. CBT teaches useful skills, and I think everyone should be exposed to them. A therapist who doesn't use a few CBT techniques in dealing with a patient with an anxiety disorder is not one I'd like to have. A therapist who used *only* CBT with posttraumatic stress disorder, a chaotic childhood, a dissociative disorder, or a personality disorder is not one I'd like to have.

But that's why there are a lot of therapists out there. It's up to us to discover which sort of therapy is best designed to shore up our weak spots. Ideally, you'll get a lot of help from the therapist but realistically there are a lot of therapists who are wed to their technique.




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