EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

The arts provide a different and often easier way, especially for children, to express themselves and explore their problems. This takes the form of symbolic representations of their inner conflicts through the arts. Together, we then work through the artistic material and try determine a way forward that will enable us to develop as an individual and be more resilient in the face of adversity. 

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (DBT)

It can be difficult to navigate through daily life with the stresses of relationships, school, work and our social life. This can put strain on an individual that can result in overwhelming emotions and reacting to situations in undesirable ways. Often it leads to one feeling like they are not in control of their actions. DBT assists is managing and altering undesired behaviour and situations.

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a form of therapy that emphasises the importance of our psychosocial functioning. The process involves working through an individual’s emotions, beliefs about themselves, and cognitively reworking habitual patterns of response.

Outcomes of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

The aim of DBT is for the therapist to assist clients to:

  • set goals that are meaningful;

  • manage emotions;

  • manage perceptions;

  • manage crises;

  • replace harmful behaviours with life-enhancing ones;

  • improve relationships.

How does Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) work?

Using individual psychotherapy and weekly group skills training classes, the therapist teaches skills in four areas:

  • Mindfulness – being present and self-aware;

  • Distress tolerance – the non-judgmental acceptance of stress in difficult situations;

  • Interpersonal effectiveness – communicating effectively and being assertive;

  • Emotion regulation- identify and label emotions.

Over the course of treatment clients receive homework, role-play new communication strategies and practice the new skills they learn.

Who is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for?

DBT is especially effective for the treatment of:

  • Depression;

  • Stress;

  • Anxiety;

  • Trauma;

  • Eating disorders;

  • Self-harming;

  • Addiction;

  • ADHD;

  • Borderline Personality Disorder.

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