Stream 1

Comprehensive DBT

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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

About the elements

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.

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.

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.