Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Groups

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that uses traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques, but also implements other skills like: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. There is an additional fifth set of skills called Walking the Middle Path, which can be used with adolescent clients.

Who can get help?

Dialectical behavior therapy is designed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Research has also shown that it is an effective treatment for other psychiatric conditions, such as: substance use disorders, depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 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?

Referrals for DBT Skills Groups can be made by a therapist within Mental Health and Addictions. Contact 902-368-4430 for service information.

Published date: 
February 24, 2022
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