DBT for Adults

Our DBT program for adults is designed for people ages 18+ who experience intense, volatile emotions, self-defeating thoughts and unhealthy behaviours that get in the way of them feeling and functioning at their best. DBT has proven to be effective for people with mental health struggles and diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, aggression, borderline personality symptoms, substance use, self-harm and suicidal behaviours. You may choose to participate in individual and/or group therapy. Self-referrals are accepted. Receipts are provided for reimbursement through your health benefits.

About DBT Therapy

In DBT you will:​

  • Complete weekly diary cards aimed at providing a summary of your emotions, urges and behaviours - a process known to increase motivation for change.

  • Begin to understand yourself better by exploring specific emotional, mental and behavioural patterns in order to discover how to anticipate them and cope more effectively.

  • Learn and practice coping skills that improve the way you experience, manage and express difficult emotions so that they begin to interfere less with your life.

  • Work collaboratively with your therapist to eliminate any barriers to your participation and motivation in therapy, to ensure successful progress in your therapy goals.

DBT Core Components

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Using your diary card you will prioritize problematic patterns (behaviours, thoughts and emotions) while your therapist helps you understand their antecedents and consequences. Your therapist will also help you apply coping skills to specific challenges that interfere with your wellbeing and overall quality of life.

PHONE COACHING

Skills coaching calls are intended to help you apply coping skills outside of your therapy sessions. Coaching calls are meant to be brief and skills-focused, providing you with in-the-moment support. Phone coaching is encouraged during moments of emotional distress or when you're anticipating a difficult situation.

SKILLS GROUP

These groups are designed to provide you with effective, practical coping strategies to replace unhealthy, problematic behaviours. You will learn skills aimed at managing emotional and interpersonal difficulties. Group members are expected to complete weekly homework tasks that help them solidify their skills practice.

 

DBT Skills for Adults

Mindfulness

Skills that enhance present moment focus, reduce judgmental thoughts, increase self-compassion and create greater discernment when making decisions.

Distress

Tolerance

Skills that help to reduce intense emotions and accept the reality during distressing moments, so that you can get through overwhelming situations by tolerating the distress rather than avoiding it.

Emotion

Regulation

Skills that increase your capacity to acknowledge and accept your emotions, reduce unpleasant emotions (i.e. anxiety, anger, shame) and increase the frequency of pleasant ones.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Skills that improve relationships, communication and interactions with others, while enhancing your ability to navigate challenging interpersonal situations.