What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as a Type of Cognitive Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive therapy that is used when people have more extreme emotional reactions to the threat of a loss, especially the loss of an important relationship. We all need close relationships and when some people believe they are about to lose one, or when a person feels unimportant to someone who is important to them, fear can feel like it might take over.

To cope, some may cut or hurt themselves, or engage in frantic behaviours – anything to distract from that overwhelming fear and pain. DBT therapists help their clients to regain control of emotional reactions, discover new ways of coping that aren’t harmful to self or others and learn how to express those important needs for connection and emotional security.

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Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment

Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment is a team of psychologists and counsellers in Oakville, ON. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and anxiety for children, teens and adults.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Emotion-Focused Therapy

The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to help individuals become aware of the thoughts and patterns of behaviour that keep them feeling stuck. Its focus is on the ‘here-and-now’ to help relieve current symptoms and address current problems.

Emotion-Focused Therapy is an approach to couples and family issues that focuses on identifying and correcting repetitive and dysfunctional patterns that leave people feeling alone and unsupported. EFT helps members of a couple or family to remain engaged with each other in order to better communicate what each really needs from the other.

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