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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Group Therapy

Mental Health and Substance Use Outpatient Services offers group treatment in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for people with Borderline Personality Disorder. This program is available only for residents of Vancouver.

DBT is a system of therapy developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, a psychologist from the University of Washington, to treat individuals who have difficulties managing their emotions. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance with concepts derived from meditative practices including mindful awareness and acceptance.

Our DBT group therapy treatment runs for two hours once a week for 26-sessions. For participants without a caseworker or mental health therapist, we also offer a total of 12 individual DBT sessions in addition to group therapy.

Current intake

There is no DBT Intake scheduled at this time.

Updated: November 8, 2019

Please note:

  • If you have already self-referred to, or participated in, our DBT program, wait a year before re-referring yourself to this program.
  • The phone line may close before 11:00 a.m. if all available group spots have been filled.
  • We apologize in advance as there will likely be a large volume of calls and not everyone will get through.
  • No waitlist is kept for DBT Group Therapy.
  • This webpage is updated regularly on Fridays.

Intake process

The DBT intake process has three steps:

  1. Register by telephone
    a.   The intake process for DBT groups requires you to call our office, on a specific day during a specific time range, and register for the DBT Intake.  
    b.    Referrals will not be accepted if someone else calls in for you.
    c.    The specific details for the DBT intake process will be posted when we confirm the next intake date. 
    d.    This information will be posted with a minimum of 2 week's advance notice so that you will have time to make arrangements on the intake day.
  2. One hour phone screen

    a.   Your intake will include a one-hour phone screen with a clinician to assess eligibility. This screening will be offered within 7 days of your initial call.  We will prioritize screenings on the basis of the start date of the group. 
    b.   If you miss the phone call from a clinician for your screening, your referral will be closed and you will need to try calling the intake line again to register. 

  3. One hour in-person appointment  
    a.   Following completion of phone screening, if you are eligible for the DBT group, you will be scheduled for a one-hour in-person appointment to make sure the group will meet your treatment needs.
    b.   If you miss your scheduled in-person appointment, your referral will be closed and you will need to try calling the intake line again to register.
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