DBT therapy

There is a specific therapy designed for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) that I recently went through.

I am going along with the conventional psychiatric models of mental illness here, although I am going to challenge them in my upcoming posts. But since I did go through this kind of therapy which is often offered to people with BPD I think it is worth talking about my experience.

It is skills based group therapy which is supposed to help you develop new skills in order to better cope with your emotions and in relationships with others. On the whole I found it very helpful, although it was quite a difficult and triggering process. It was mainly difficult and triggering because you are in a group with, in my case, 11 other women who have similar problems as you. It’s almost like staring into 11 mirrors which show you your darkest fears. But once I got past that initial shock, I found them to be incredibly strong and admirable women, and I have even made a really good friend after the group finished.

If you would like to know more about my experience with DBT, you can watch a video of a talk I gave in February 2017 (during Mental Illness Awareness Week run by Mind Your Head York). There is a Q & A session after my talk and I found some of the questions really interesting.

Here is the link to my talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mZF_f2oabQ

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