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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

DBT is a comprehensive skills-based approach that traditionally involves a combination of group skills training, individual therapy, coaching, and case management strategies. In this context, only individual therapy would be used.

DBT teaches you to manage difficult emotions and experiences using four types of skills – mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.


DBT has been shown to be effective in treating concerns such as borderline personality disorder, depression and suicidality, trauma, and eating disorders.

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How can DBT help you?

With DBT you can learn to feel more in control of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours and to replace unwanted responses with more adaptive skills. This includes:

  • Learning to accept uncomfortable thoughts and emotions
  • Developing awareness and understanding of thoughts, emotions, and behaviours in order to respond in healthier ways
  • Improving your relationship with yourself and with others
  • Feeling confident in your ability
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What does DBT involve?

DBT is an active therapy that requires practicing new skills and strategies in- and out- of therapy sessions such as:

  • Developing acceptance of thoughts, feelings, and current reality using mindfulness
  • Building capacity to regulate strong emotions with distress tolerance skills
  • Strengthening relationships through interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • Understanding and responding to emotions in a healthy way using emotion regulation
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