Dialectical
Behaviour
Therapy (DBT)

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What is DBT?

DBT has been evaluated in more clinical research than any other psychological therapy for BPD. At The Glow Centre, DBT is our treatment of choice 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.

 

Standard comprehensive DBT 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 standard comprehensive DBT including all four modes. Current evidence shows that standard 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, DBT is our treatment of choice for BPD and we offer a fully adherent, comprehensive DBT program. When someone is referred to us for DBT, we perform a thorough assessment and develop an individualised treatment plan in collaboration with our client, depending on the level of intensity that each requires.

What we offer

DBT waitlist closed

Our DBT waitlist is now closed and we are not currently accepting any referrals for our DBT program.
We will reassess our capacity at the start of 2022.
If you would like to go on our DBT mailing list to be notified of when our program is open again, please submit your details on the form below.

12-month intensive
program includes

STREAM 1

Comprehensive DBT

12-month intensive
program includes

​Skills training groups

(2.5 hours per week)

+

Individual therapy

(1 hour per week)

+

Between-session coaching

+

Consultation team support

STREAM 2

Skills training
and
individual therapy

12-month intensive
program includes
12-month intensive
program includes

​Skills training groups

(2.5 hours per week)

+

Individual therapy

(1 hour per week)

+

Consultation team support

About the elements of DBT

​Skills training groups

In these sessions DBT therapists will teach you skills in a group setting. There are typically four sets of skills taught over three modules – mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. DBT skills training groups are held weekly for 2.5 hours.

Individual therapy

Individual therapy typically involves weekly one-to-one sessions with a DBT therapist. Each session lasts approximately 50-60 minutes. The individual sessions have specific areas of focus, including helping keep you safe, reducing behaviours that interfere with therapy, helping reach your goals and improve your quality of life, and helping you learn new skills.

Between-session phone coaching

DBT often uses telephone contact between sessions to support you in using new skills in your day-to-day life. This means you can call your therapist between your therapy sessions when you need help the most, such as when you need help to deal with an immediate crisis, or when you are trying to use your DBT skills and need advice on how to do it.

​​Consultation team (DBT treating team)

DBT therapists are highly trained and maintaining their skills is considered an important part of this approach. DBT therapists meet weekly to discuss their clients in treatment, and clients benefit from the collective knowledge and skills of the whole treating team.