CBT is a common form of therapy, it’s talk therapy that explores how your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions interact to support you in making meaningful changes. CBT is an evidence based approach for a number of diagnoses.
DBT is an evidence based approach for a variety of diagnoses with an emphasis on people’s behaviors. It is designed to quickly decrease problem behaviors in increase effective behaviors.
Your therapist will help you decide the right approach for you after meeting with you. This will be based off of your needs and goals. Many forms of therapy are evidence based for a specific types of clients, your therapist will know this research and will talk you through the reasoning for the selected approach.
CBT in it’s simplest form is talk therapy that is aimed to help a person get closer to their goals by changing how they interact with their thoughts and world. Many different kinds of therapy fall under the broad category of CBT.
DBT is a very specific kind of CBT. It is protocoled, evidence based, and to be delivered in an “adherent“ way (as described in the research, and evidence based), needs to be conducted by an expert trained in DBT. True DBT includes diary cards, phone coaching, weekly sessions, as well as a skills teaching component. There are several kinds of DBT.
Below you will find a checklist. I ask all of the individuals we work with about the following items to see if they sound like they may benefit from DBT. Supersensor is not a diagnosis you’ll find in the official diagnostic books professionals use, yet it is a term that describes a cluster of behaviors and characteristics that describe a person who may benefit from DBT. The term as used by Francheska Perepletchikova (2018), the person who created DBT-C is explained in greater detail below.
Supersensors tend to share several (rarely, all) of the following characteristics.
Adults who may benefit from DBT engage in problematic behaviors that may or may not be risky, interfere with relationships, cause harm to self and or others. These behaviors may result in conflict, avoidance, substance use, unstable relationships, spending, and misuse of food.
Teens who may benefit from DBT engage in problematic behaviors that may or may not be risky, interfere with relationships, cause harm to self and or others. These behaviors may result in conflict with family/friends/teachers, lying, avoidance of school/work/parents/friends , substance use, unstable relationships, spending, sneaking out, misuse of social media, and misuse of food.
Children who may benefit from DBT engage in problematic behaviors that may or may not be risky, interfere with relationships, cause harm to self and or others. These behaviors may result in temper tantrums, outbursts, conflicts with family/friends/teachers, avoidance of chores/hygiene tasks/parents/friends, excessive gaming, difficulty going to sleep alone, lying, hiding, spending, and misuse of food.