Posted by Larry Hoover on June 13, 2009, at 20:24:56
In reply to I'd like to do some DBT, posted by Deneb on June 12, 2009, at 2:59:30
When I looked at the wiki page for DBT, I liked what I saw. It sounds like an excellent tool for anyone to possess. In fact, this description could apply to the focussed therapy I've received to help me to cope with my intense neuropathic pain from CRPS.
"DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance, and acceptance largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice....
The key elements of DBT are conventional behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy, along with its signature concepts of dialectics and mindfulness. Dialectical thinking, similar to its role in philosophy, is introduced as an alternative to intense, polarized emotions. Rather than reacting to events as either perfect or unbearable, patients are encouraged to recognize multiple viewpoints and bring them "into dialogue." Mindfulness is taught as a method for becoming aware of one's actual, realistic experience in the moment, and separating it from fears about the future or rumination about the past."
The mindfulness aspect encourages almost a third-party observer stance of the self, and permits an interpretive and self-soothing dialogue. As I say, it is a tool that anyone could benefit from. It's certainly not only a tool for borderline individuals, although some specific treatment goals and practises may well be shaped around that model. That's nothing more than an individual focus of any therapy, to shape the supports to the person seeking help with coping.