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Dialectic behavioral therapy, or DBT, is an empirically supported, comprehensive treatment that is effective for treating complex mental health problems. Originally developed as an intervention for suicidal women, and widely used to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT is now applied in working with a variety of mental health problems and is especially effective for clients who have difficulty managing and regulating their emotions.
Therapists practicing DBT aim to strike a balance between validation and change by clearly communicating acceptance of who the client is and the challenges the client faces, while at the same time helping the client to learn new skills to improve emotion regulation.
In this session, Dr. Alexander L. Chapman works with a male client who has trouble regulating his anger. Dr. Chapman first highlights and assesses the client's behavior and emotions and then discusses emotion regulation strategies that the client can use to better manage anger in his daily life.
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About the Therapist:
Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, RPsych, is currently an associate professor in psychology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Chapman received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Idaho State University in Pocatello in 2003, after completing his clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Chapman's research focuses on borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy, emotion regulation, self-harm, and impulsivity, and he has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics.
Dr. Chapman is also cofounder of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.