Halton DBT CentreServing Halton and Neighboring Regions
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy designed to treat people who experience intense emotions and struggle with mental health problems. DBT is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and has been adapted to treat issues associated with borderline personality disorder.
Behaviours such as these are consistent with anyone experiencing these intense emotions:
- Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
- Impulsive self-damaging behaviours (binge eating, overspending, unsafe sex)
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol or drug use for emotional control
- Relationship difficulties
- Anger management issues
- Intense emotions (e.g. anxiety, stress, depressed moods, sadness)
How is it implemented?
Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain an emotional balance and self-regulation when overwhelmed by emotions in various situations. The aim of DBT is to help you learn skills that you use to manage your difficult emotions through recognising, acknowledging and changing those unhelpful behaviours that are associated to the intense emotions.
To help you achieve this, DBT therapists teach you the following techniques:
Mindfulness skills are psychological and behavioural meditation practices that are taught to help focus your mind and attention in the moment
Distress tolerance skills are taught to help you manage crisis when you can’t immediately make changes for the better. It also teaches you how to tolerate difficult feelings, without yielding to impulsive ways that can make matters worse.
This skill teaches how to understand and name the emotions you are experiencing. It also teaches skills to regulate and handle the intense and painful emotional states and shows you what to do that will bring about more positive emotions in the longer run.
This is learning effective strategies for asserting yourself and asking for what you want whilst maintain health relationships and self-respect.
What is the treatment process?
At Elpizo Counselling Services we offer the complete DBT protocol which has four elements:
DBT Skills Group
Group sessions offer the opportunity to learn and practice the taught skills to manage your mental health challenges or daily life stressors. Group sessions also cultivate a group of support among members through interpersonal relationships and connecting with others who are experiencing similar challenges and allows for better understanding of shared human experience and gaining hope and insights from others in the group.
These groups also offer parents/carers the opportunity to learn and practice relational and communication skills to enrich their relationships with their youth or adult participant. Having a shared language and a basic understanding of the skills the participant is learning will allow parents/carers to offer better ongoing support for their loved ones.
Each participant in a skills group must also be engaged in individual therapy. You will either work with an Elpizo DBT therapist, source your own therapist or we can assist in finding you a therapist in your locality.
Telephone crisis coaching with a therapist
Telephone coaching offers you immediate support during a crisis in between sessions. A therapist will be on hand to remind you of skills that can be used in that moment. This will not be a telephone counselling session but a crisis skills intervention.
Therapists’ consultation group
This group is your care team. They work in collaboration to ensure that you receive the best possible care and treatment.
What is expected from you?
- Register for the skills group
- Pay for it
- Attend all group skills training sessions-3 misses and you will be asked to discontinue
- Attend regular one on one therapy sessions
- Complete weekly homework which are trying out the new skills and practicing them
Our DBT skills training groups run for two hours every week, for 12 weeks.
Clients can join a group at the start of any module once a quarter.
DBT 2019 dates:
Adolescent DBT Skills Group – Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Quarter 1: Jan 22- Mar 26
Quarter 2: Apr 9 – June 18 (Both in Milton and Mississauga Offices at the same time!)
Quarter 3: Sept 17 – Nov 26
Adults DBT Skills Group – Thursdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Quarter 1: Jan 24 – Mar 28
Quarter 2: Apr 11 – June 20 (Both in Milton and Mississauga Offices at the same time!)
Quarter 3: Sept 19 – Nov 28
For an effective, optimized and interactive learning environment, groups are limited to a maximum of 10 participants and a minimum of 5.
Skills group cost $120 per session for 12 weeks, 2 weeks of the 12 weeks are for parents/carers who are taught DBT relational and communication skills to offer a better ongoing support.
Each participant in a skills group is encouraged to be engaged in individual therapy alongside skills group to achieve the maximum outcomes. You will either work with an Elpizo DBT therapist or you can source your own therapist.
The cost of individual therapy varies depending on the provider. However, at Elpizo the cost is $150 per session. At Elpizo, individual therapy includes telephone coaching that offers immediate support during a crisis in-between sessions.
Skills Group needs to be paid in full. Register and pay for both skills group and individual therapy for $250 per session.
Individuals may be covered and eligible for extended health care benefits through their employment or family. Check with your company or family to determine coverage. You can request your company to include psychotherapy in your benefit plan if not already included.
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