2016 Group Programme Now Open!

Adherent DBT programmes consist of several modalities. These are:

  • One on one DBT sessions (x1 50 mins session weekly)
  • DBT skills group (x1 2hr group weekly)
  • DBT phone coaching (as needed)

Medicare rebates available with a current Mental Health Care Plan.

Contact us for more information and to book your place.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a 'third wave' of psychotherapy and was initially developed by Marsha Linehan. DBT was first introduced as a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). People with BPD experience intense emotions which lead to actions such as self-injury, anger outbursts or abrupt ending of important relationships. Although these actions temporarily reduce emotional pain they often end up causing longer term issues that can make life even more difficult. 

Historically, Borderline Personality Disorder has been thought of as one of the most difficult problems to address effectively.  Several research studies have demonstrated that DBT is an effective treatment for adults with BPD. The  Australian Psychological Association currently considers DBT to be a first-line treatment for BPD.

As a result of DBT’s success in treating adults with BPD, it has been adapted for treatment of many differernt disorders and with adolescents as well as adults. DBT has been found to be effective in treating other difficulties such as eating disorders, substance use, and anger management. 

In a nutshell, DBT is a compassionate type of behavioral therapy that is intended to help people move toward having a life that feels even more meaningful and worth living. Distress, emotional pain, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems such as over-eating, not eating, using substances, self-injuring, losing control, withdrawing, and using-up relationships can make it incredibly difficult to function normally and lead a life that feels meaningful and worthwhile. DBT targets the issues that cause distress and teaches skills to deal with them without having to resort to self-defeating behaviors. It does so in a framework, though, that helps us understand that we are doing the best we can even though we need to learn ways that work better. 


Dr Catherine Hart is an Intensively Trained Dialectical Behaviour Therapist, having undertaken training through Marsh Linehan's company, BehavioralTech. Please contact her for further information about this therapy and to develop your own individualised treatment plan.

Useful Resources:

Article over viewing DBT


Marsha Linehan's company website providing information on DBT


Website for people who are searching for information regarding DBT



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