Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

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Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among the general population. They are associated with high morbidity, are chronic, and often resistant to treatment. The three forms of anxiety disorders most commonly treated by this facility are Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Treatment recommendations for all three of these disorders stress supportive therapeutic techniques with an emphasis on cognitive and behavioural aspects (Sadock & Sadock, 2007). For this reason, if chosen for this position, I would implement a form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), when working with these clients. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy…show more content…
Two main strategies are taught to help facilitate this process; radical acceptance and mindfulness (Kreger, n.a.). While change is the ultimate goal, DBT recognizes that it is a difficult, if not intolerable request for many. Nonjudgmental acceptance of both yourself and your environment is a key component to relieving this anxiety and facilitating change. It is a paradox which requires constant balancing and synthesizing by the therapist and client (Chapman,…show more content…
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