Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Groups

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that focuses on changing unhelpful ways of thinking and learning other skills like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.  

Adolescent clients can also learn an additional set of skills called Walking the Middle Path to bridge communication with their parents. 

Who can get help?

DBT was originally designed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder. Since then, research has also shown it is an effective treatment for other psychiatric conditions, such as: substance use disorders, depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.

How long will it take to get support?

Wait lists may vary depending on the program site. 

What is the cost?

There is no registration cost or fee.

How does the program work?

Clients will participate in weekly DBT Skills Groups. A skills group facilitator will teach strategies related to mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness (and possibly Walking the Middle Path skills for adolescents) to help clients manage emotions, problem solve and cope with challenges more effectively.  

How do I get into the program?

A therapist within Mental Health and Addictions must refer you for a DBT Skills Group. 

For more information, contact your local Community Mental Health and Addictions office


Published date: 
January 4, 2023
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