DBT Program

There are three stages to assessment at DBT UK. At each stage there is the opportunity to make informed decisions about whether you wish to continue with the DBT programme. It also helps us understand whether this is the right time for you to begin DBT.

Family Groups

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD/EUPD) is a condition that can make emotions difficult to cope with. These very intense emotions can last from a few hours to a few days and change very quickly. Anger and Sadness can be particularly strong and difficult to control. A common fear in this group is that they will be abandoned by the people they care about (this can be an imagined fear) and so will go to extreme lengths to prevent this from happening


DBT for Adolescents (DBT-A) is a skills-based programme with growing empirical evidence that has been found effective in supporting teenagers and young people with difficulties related to emotion dysregulation, self-harm and suicidality, as well as other problematic and impulsive behaviours. DBT-A involves individual therapy and group skills training. Other components include phone consultation (patients are encouraged to call their therapists when they feel the urge to self-harm) and consultation team meetings.

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What is DBT?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a weekly programme of individual therapy and skills classes for people who experience difficulties in regulating emotions, including those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or traits.

There is no specific diagnostic requirement for participation in the programme. But if intense emotions, unmanageable distress or problematic behaviours interfere with your ability to be an effective human being, perhaps in your personal or professional relationships, DBT might be just what’s needed.

It will assist you in coping effectively with self-harm, extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, ADHD, eating difficulties, anger, depression, anxiety, intense relationships, impulsivity, and ultimately in building a fruitful, satisfying life.

Darryl Christie

Darryl is an accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and expert in emotional dysregulation and personality disorders.

Trained by the Linehan Institute in the USA, he was the Research Psychotherapist used in some of their biggest European studies. He has trained mental health staff in topics including understanding personality disorders, DBT, Mental Health awareness, Assessing Risk and Mindfulness. Darryl is an accredited supervisor with the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland