Dialectical Behavioural Therapy


At Fenton House, we offer Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) as part of our comprehensive and holistic programme. The skills you learn during DBT with our therapists will help you to process emotions in a safe and constructive way.

DBT has proven to be effective in treating mood disorders like depression and anxiety, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and eating disorders. One of the reasons Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is so useful for such a range of problems is that it teaches you to manage distressing feelings effectively.

What Is DBT?

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) treatment is a type of psychotherapy — or talk therapy — that utilises a cognitive-behavioural approach.

The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.

If you are unable to manage your emotions, the whole of your life can feel unmanageable. It can be hard to even think straight, let alone hold down a job, and have happy relationships.

If you find your emotions overwhelming, you may act out in negative ways in an attempt to get rid of them. DBT aims to give you tools for accepting and dealing with your emotions effectively.

Is DBT the Right Treatment For Me?

There are many different reasons why you may be struggling with your thoughts and feelings. Perhaps you did not learn effective coping mechanisms for dealing with intense emotions as a child. DBT is a method of teaching you these skills.

Questions to consider:

  • Do you find it difficult to live in the present moment? Do you dwell on things that have happened in the past or worry about things that will happen in the future?
  • Do you experience extreme mood swings?
  • Do you have ‘black and white’ thinking’?
  • Do you feel like your life has consisted of jumping from one crisis to the next?
  • Do you respond to a crisis in self-destructive ways such as – using substances, harming yourself or others, excessive spending or other compulsive behaviours, or disordered eating?
  • Do you find that your emotional responses are usually more intense than other peoples?
  • Are your relationships intense and chaotic?
  • Do you struggle to be assertive?

If you answered yes to these questions DBT could be effective for you.

How Does DBT Work?

DBT is a cognitive-behavioural approach. The term ‘dialectical’ refers to the idea of finding a balance between two different perspectives that exist simultaneously, like acceptance and change.

DBT works by validating your feelings, whilst at the same time teaching the skills you need to create a life that you love. Each of the four skill sets is aimed at improving your quality of life and helping you manage your thoughts and feelings more effectively.

The four skill sets:

  • Core Mindfulness Skills teach you to experience of the present moment without judgement, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
  • Distress Tolerance Skills focus on helping you to learn to cope with crisis situations in healthy and effective ways.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills help you to tolerate your emotions when you can’t change them or reduce their intensity, and to process them in a manageable way.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills teach you to nurture your relationships through self-care and assertiveness.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy teaches mindfulness to help you to live more in the present moment, rather than dwelling on events of the past.

You will learn to identify things in life which you enjoy and find pleasurable, and which are also healthy for you; this will fill your life joyful experiences, and help you to create a life worth living.  After practising ‘behaviour activation’ and ‘opposite to emotion action’ – you will be better skilled at dealing with difficult emotions as and when they come up.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy will offer you a way to decrease the intensity of negative emotions, so your feelings will be easier to manage, as well as help you develop effective interpersonal skills like setting boundaries and trusting yourself.

Eating Disorders

With DBT skills can soothe your distress in effective and healthy ways. You will learn to be in the present moment, welcoming experiences in a non-judgmental day, rather than being worried about the future or dwelling on the past. You will also learn about what it is that brings you pleasure and joy in a safe and healthy way.

This kind of therapy will also help you replace the eating disordered behaviour with more effective and healthy coping mechanisms.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy will help you to identify those things in life that are both pleasurable and healthy, which will enable you to create a life filled with joyful experiences. The mindfulness aspect of DBT will help you live in the day and deal with your problems one day at a time, this will help you to experience your life as less overwhelming.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

DBT will help you develop distress tolerance skills, and can also be useful in replacing any dangerous or self-defeating behaviours you might have developed as a coping mechanism, with more effective and healthy ones.

What you will learn through DBT, with the help of our therapists at Fenton House, will empower you to change your life. The rehabilitation programme we offer will help you to develop emotional balance, equip you with effective stress management skills and empower you to build a life that you love and achieve your goals.

If you are interested in accessing DBT treatment, please contact us.

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