Anger, Intense Emotions & Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

People describe you as highly reactive.

You lash out and then you regret it later.

You have good intentions to be patient, but you just keep reacting. Anger can have negative effects on your health and cause you to feel tense a significant portion of the time. Your relationships can also be negatively affected and you can develop some unhealthy habits.

There may be some feelings underlying the anger that you are not aware of such as anxiety, sadness or hurt. We can help you understand the triggers for your anger and moodiness, significantly reduce the amount of time you feel angry and provide you with effective ways to quickly diminish your anger when it does emerge.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most common and effective therapy for anger management.

Mindfulness meditation helps you learn to respond rather than react.

If you have intense emotions and believe you are very extreme in your reactions to upsetting situations, then Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) may be more effective for you than Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is very effective in helping people tolerate and manage moodiness including anger as well as despair. Some people who have great difficulty with moodiness have traits of a borderline personality. People with these traits can feel deep despair when they are upset including when they are feeling rejected by someone. They can engage in self-harm such as cutting and feel suicidal whenever something quite upsetting happens.

An integral part of distress reduction is acceptance and tolerance of negative events, thoughts and emotions. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, began as a treatment for individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and those reporting increased suicidality. Over the past 30 years, this treatment has been empirically-validated and proven to help individuals who experience the following:

  • intense emotions that are hard to experience or control
  • chronic feelings of emptiness, shame and self-criticism
  • urges or behaviours to harm one’s self, especially when upset
  • volatile relationships

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) also helps individuals who have difficulty with:

  • addictions and impulse control
  • low mood and high anxiety
  • disordered eating (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating)

At our centre, we provide individual and group Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Our individual and group Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program is modelled after Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT. Learn more at Dr. Linehan’s institute’s website.

Our Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group will help you learn effective ways to tolerate and manage your distress. You will learn skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.

If you are a physician and would like to refer to our Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group, please complete our referral form.