With DBT, you will establish a regular schedule for individual sessions with your therapist. These may be weekly or more, depending on your needs. This type of therapy can last anywhere from six months to a year.
At the beginning of your treatment using DBT, your therapist will likely address the most high-risk aspects of your depression. Feelings of self-harm or suicidal thoughts are dealt with first to give you relief from the constant threat of injury.
Next, the treatment will focus on developing skills that improve the quality of your life. This is done through developing the ability to deal with anguish and pain and controlling emotional volatility. Once this is possible, you will focus on improving your interpersonal relationships with those around you.
The final stage of the treatment includes finding ways to find joy in life and follow life goals for a healthy and bright future.