What is DBT?
DBT has been evaluated in more clinical research than any other psychological therapy for BPD. At The Glow Centre, DBT is one of the evidence-based treatments we offer for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
DBT was first developed in the 1990s by Marsha Linehan. It was the first treatment designed specifically to target the difficulties experienced by people with BPD, and to combine traditional change-focused therapy with the philosophy of acceptance of things as they are in the moment.
Comprehensive or fully adherent DBT programs involve weekly individual therapy, weekly skills training (usually in a group), between-session skills coaching (“phone coaching”), and therapist participation in a consultation team. These are the four modes of DBT.
Traditional DBT is undertaken for 6-12 months. Over time, DBT has been applied to many different populations, and there have been some adaptations of the model such as standalone skills training, and shortened versions of DBT.
It is important to note that the strongest evidence base is for comprehensive DBT including all four modes. Current evidence shows that comprehensive DBT is associated with improvements in BPD symptoms, anger, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal behaviours, and general wellbeing.
In keeping with our value of clinical excellence, we offer a fully adherent, comprehensive DBT program. When you are referred to us for DBT, we perform a thorough assessment and develop an individualised treatment plan in collaboration with you, depending on the level of intensity that you require. You must be at least 18 years old to be considered for suitability for our DBT program.
The first step to joining DBT at The Glow Centre
The first step in our intake process is to book in for a DBT assessment (also known as an initial session).
All prospective clients who wish to undertake DBT at The Glow Centre must attend an assessment appointment before proceeding. This appointment is required for us to determine your suitability for the program options that we offer here at The Glow Centre.