Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program

About Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment integrating the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and aspects of mindfulness based practice.

The MediBrain DBT Program is based on Marsha Linehan’s™ well-researched treatment for borderline personality disorder, although participants do not necessarily have a diagnosis of borderline personality. The program is an outpatient program designed to assist in:

  • managing distress,
  • improving interpersonal problems,
  • reducing self-harming behaviours,
  • stabilising extreme emotions
  • generally improving day to day functioning and
  • overall quality of life.

The program is made up of weekly Individual Therapy and a skills training group that has four modules of treatment.

The four modules are:

  • Core Mindfulness Skills,
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills,
  • Emotion Regulation Skills and
  • Distress Tolerance Skills

each of which runs for eight weeks, one day per week. For participants requiring additional support, the program offers telephone coaching in between sessions as a means supporting the application of new skills when you need them most.

Handouts and other resources are provided to all participants. The program is fully supervised by a consultant psychiatrist who is involved in individual therapy and monitoring of patients on a weekly basis.

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