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DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

Evidence Based Therapy

PACE Counselling offers full DBT programs. DBT is an evidence-based therapy to help
individuals develop skills and strategies to support them in building a healthy life worth
living.

 

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF DBT?

  • Shift a person from feeling life is out of their control to having behavioural control

  • Shift a person from feeling suffering and desperation to full emotional experiences and emotional regulation

  • To find self-respect, create life goals, and live a life of happiness and unhappiness

WHO IS DBT FOR?

DBT was originally developed for those living with Borderline Personality Disorder.  However, it can be helpful for those living with a wide range of mental health challenges including: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviour, self-harming behaviour, and substance abuse.

THERE ARE 5 COMPONENTS TO THE DBT PROGRAM

Each component is designed to create a fully comprehensive treatment approach.

DBT SKILLS TRAINING GROUP

Skills training is facilitated by a DBT therapist in a group format. The purpose of the group is to introduce participants to the skills and begin to integrate them practically into daily life. The skills learned are meant to replace unhealthy behaviours. Homework practice is a part of the skills group. The group meets weekly for 2 hours and runs for 12 weeks. Four main skills sets are taught in the group:

  • Mindfulness: the practice of being in the present and acknowledging thoughts, feelings and behaviours as they happen, without trying to control them

  • distress tolerance: the process of learning how to cope during a crisis, especially when it is impossible to change, and accepting a situation as it is, rather than how it should be

  • interpersonal effectiveness: the ability to ask for what a person needs and to say no when necessary, while still maintaining self-respect and relationships with others

  • emotion regulation: the ability to manage emotions so that they do not control thoughts and behaviours.


INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

The focus is on enhancing motivation and helping people apply the skills to specific challenges and events in their lives. These sessions provide opportunities for the person and the therapist to come together and discuss their individual goals. Sessions are usually held on a weekly basis for 60 minutes.


IN-THE-MOMENT COACHING

Telephone coaching where the therapist will coach a person through a stressful event and encourage them to use their DBT skills. The goal is to ensure that skills are generalized and applied to a person's day-to-day life.

CASE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

We want to empower the person to take control of their lives and care by teaching the person how to be autonomous and how to be their own case manager.


DBT CONSULTATION TEAM

This is focused on supporting the people who provide DBT, including therapists, skills therapists, case managers and others. The team helps one another by managing burnout and sharing knowledge.

If this is something that you feel will be helpful for you to manage unwanted behaviours, dysregulation, or challenges with mental health impacting your life worth living connect with us and set up an appointment to participate!

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