Distress Tolerance 1: Introduction

Here comes the tough love people, because when facing the goliath that is distress tolerance you’re going to find it sounds an awful lot like a more complicated way of saying “just get over it” when you’re in pain. But that’s not what this is about. Telling someone to ‘buck up’ and ‘get over’ their…

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Intro to DBT 2: Boundaries

Setting and maintaining boundaries is one of the hardest but most important steps to living a full and healthy life with BPD. Many people living with BPD have struggled all their life with boundaries, likely because their boundaries weren’t respected, they weren’t taught how to respect them in others, or how to set them for…

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Intro to DBT 1: The House and the Stages of Change

The Journey towards wellness for someone suffering from mental illness, is described in DBT as a house. The house has a basement, a main floor, second floor and a rooftop. The journey starts in the basement, where suffering is at its worst. Behaviours are out of control, life is excruciating. It is hell. This would…

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Mindfullness 4: The Raisin

Do you like raisins? Because I hate them. They are disgusting abominations, a sad remnant of what used to be a noble fruit, and the world would be a far better place without them. Raisins are responsible for unhealthy trust issues. Don’t believe me? Ever bit into what looked like a delicious chocolate chip cookie…

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What is Dialectic Behavioural Therapy?

What is DBT? Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is an intensive therapy program specifically tailored for those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. The word ‘dialectic’ comes from the Greek, meaning relating to a dialogue. So a dialectic approach means that the therapy is conducted like a conversation, with various viewpoints and approaches. DBT is not to…

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