Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Our Group Therapy seeks to come Alongside You.

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that builds on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness as a foundation. Originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT has been successfully used to help people move forward from being stuck in unregulated mood and thoughts, into a life worth living. Through exploring four different modules clients learn to apply skills to their lives in healthy ways. The four modules of DBT are Mindfulness Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, Emotion Regulation Skills, and Distress Tolerance Skills. Our program is open to anyone who would like to have a better handle on their emotional world and have a life worth living. Unlike some programs, you do not have to have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder to participate. Research has shown DBT to be particularly effective for anyone struggling with emotional difficulties, regardless of official diagnosis.

DBT has been shown to be effective for many struggles people face, but in particular, is highly effective for people struggling with the following:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chaotic relationships
  • Emotional storms
  • Drug or Alcohol misuse
  • Anger management difficulties

We offer our program in both individual sessions and group format. Some programs require clients to participate in both. While we see the value in participating in both, we do not require clients to do both individual and group work. We will certainly provide both if desired, but we know that our clients have different needs, as well as different financial situations. We would rather clients get the help they need in the way that fits best with their life, and the current research on DBT effectiveness supports our approach.

Why Group Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Group therapy is an opportunity for clients to acquire the skills and knowledge they would typically learn in individual therapy while benefitting from being in a group of peers that understand where they’re coming from. Some people participate only in groups, and some combine group work with individual counselling. Group therapy can also be a good option for many who struggle with the costs of individual therapy, as group therapy can be provided at much more affordable rates as the costs are shared amongst the group.

What groups does Alongside You run?

Currently, we are running ongoing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Groups at our office in Ladner. We offer groups for adults, youth, and youth and their families. Soon we hope to offer them in our South Surrey office as well. Please see below for each of our groups and information on when they run.

Registration

Please call us at (604) 283-­7827 if you are interested in signing up, or if you just have questions about what our DBT Group is about and if it’s the right fit for you.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Group for Adults

This 24 weeks ongoing (DBT) Groups has been shown to be effective for many struggles people face, but in particular, is highly effective for people struggling with the following:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chaotic relationships
  • Emotional storms
  • Drug or Alcohol misuse
  • Anger management difficulties

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Youth

A 24 weeks therapy program was designed for youth to manage difficulties.

Youth are at risk of using ineffective and sometimes dangerous coping skills to try to manage cognitive, emotional, and identity difficulties. Research has shown DBT to be particularly effective with anyone struggling with emotional difficulties regardless of their origin. Homework is reviewed at the beginning of each group and then new skills are introduced. Research shows that DBT skills are very successful in reducing life-threatening behaviours such as substance abuse and suicidal actions.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Youth and Family

This 21 weeks therapy program was designed for youth and families to manage difficulties such as:

  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Interpersonal dysregulation
  • Behavioural dysregulation
  • Cognitive dysregulation
  • Family conflicts
  • Self dysregulation
  • Mental health struggles such as Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality, and suicidal tendencies

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