Individual Counselling

I'm glad you're interested in learning about the individual counselling component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT is an evidence-based treatment specifically designed for people with BPD, and it has been proven to be effective in reducing self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and other impulsive behaviors associated with this disorder.

What is DBT Individual Counselling About?

Individual counselling in DBT usually involves weekly one-on-one sessions with a trained therapist. These sessions are designed to address the unique challenges each patient faces in their daily life, and they’re tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of the individual. Individual counselling provides personalized support and guidance to help patients make positive life changes.

During these sessions, the therapist and the patient work closely to identify and explore the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that contribute to the patient’s struggles. One of the core principles of DBT is the idea of “dialectics,” which involves balancing acceptance and change. This means that the therapist will help the patient learn to accept their emotions and experiences while also working on strategies to change unhealthy behaviour patterns.

The individual counselling sessions follow a structured approach, often using a treatment hierarchy to prioritize the most important issues that need to be addressed. The hierarchy typically starts with life-threatening behaviours, followed by therapy-interfering behaviours, quality-of-life issues, and skill-building.


Developing a non-judgmental awareness of the present moment helps patients better understand their thoughts and emotions.

Distress Tolerance

Developing coping strategies to help patients tolerate and survive difficult situations without resorting to harmful actions.

Emotional Regulation

Learning to identify, understand, and manage intense emotions to reduce emotional suffering and impulsive behaviours.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Improving communication and relationship skills to help patients navigate social interactions more effectively.

Throughout the process, the therapist will provide validation, encouragement, and support, creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for the patient. This helps to build trust and fosters a solid therapeutic alliance, which is crucial for the success of the treatment.

Individual counselling in DBT is a powerful and essential component of treating individuals with BPD. By working one-on-one with a skilled therapist, patients can gain valuable insights into their thoughts and emotions, develop healthier coping strategies, and make meaningful progress toward a more fulfilling life. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength; with the right support and dedication, change is possible!

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