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Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is an evidence-based psychological treatment that incorporates cognitive and behavioural strategies. It is considered an effective treatment for those who experience difficulties in regulating intense emotions, tolerating distress, managing impulsiveness and maintaining stable relationships.

Why DBT?

DBT is a unique therapeutic approach that teaches a ‘dialectical’ worldview, which considers reality as dynamic, continuous, and holistic. A dialectical way of thinking means that two opposing ideas can be true at the same time, and when considered together, it can create a new way of viewing the situation. In DBT we use strategies based on acceptance and change, and during the program the therapist works with you to build a life worth living and help you to move away from extremes.

Adolescent DBT Skills 

Adult DBT Skills 

The 4* Skill Modules covered are:

Core Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a foundation of DBT skills and teaches how to focus your awareness on present moment, and to acknowledge and accept your experience in any moment. You learn how to observe your thoughts, emotions and behaviours without an attachment or a need to control or change them in any way. 

Emotion Regulation

Emotion regulation skills teach how to understand and effectively manage your emotional responses, and to decrease vulnerability to intense emotions.

Distress Tolerance

In this module you will learn how to survive emotional crisis without making things worse. Distress tolerance skills are extremely helpful for managing impulsive problem behaviours.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness skills teach assertiveness strategies for asking what you need and saying no, as well as managing interpersonal conflicts with others in a way that maintains respect to yourself and others.

*Adolescent DBT skills groups cover an additional fifth module.

Walking the middle path

In this module you will learn how to validate yourself and others, and how to effectively manage problem behaviours.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact us to discuss intake into the next available program and make an appointment.

You do not need a GP or psychiatrist to refer you into the program.  You are welcome to contact us yourself directly and make an appointment.  Alternatively, your medical practitioner is welcome to refer you, or they can contact us themselves for more information.

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