Group Therapy for Adults and Adolescents

**Due to overwhelming demand for comprehensive DBT, regrettably we have decided to close our referral at this time to allow us to process the existing referrals. Please check our website in a few months for updates. We will continue to accept referrals for our DBT skills groups (both adults and multi-family adolescents skills groups). In order to participate in a skills group, an individual will need to be under the care of a clinician while attending group. If you or your loved one already have an individual therapist and would like to attend one of our skills groups, please complete our online referral form. We accept self referrals and will contact you when an opening becomes available. Currently we have some openings in our Wed 5:30pm adult skills group. We do not have immediate openings in both of our adolescent skills groups but we encourage you to send in a referral form anyway so we could place you on our waitlist. Wise Mind Centre offers 26-week standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills groups for adults and adolescents and their primary caregivers. The adult groups require participants to attend a weekly 2-hour group session, while the adolescent group requires a weekly 1.5-hour group session attended by the teen and at least one of the primary caregivers. The sessions are delivered in a psycho-educational format, which means it is more like a class than a therapy group where people come to vent or process their feelings and thoughts about other group members. The groups are ongoing and held virtually. Please see below to find out more information about what is covered in the groups.

To participate in one of our skills groups, you could participate in our comprehensive DBT program and see one of the Wise Mind Centre clinicians for weekly individual therapy (please note we are not currently accepting new referrals for comprehensive DBT as of Jan 4, 2022). Alternatively, you may work with an individual therapist outside of our clinic (if you already have one) and see them at least once a month (or more frequently based on your clinical needs). The function of having an individual therapist is for you to go over the skills learned in the class with your therapist and discuss how you could practice and apply the skills to help you achieve your specific therapy goals.

If you already have a therapist and would like to join our skills group only, we will need to arrange for a one-hour pre-group meeting to collect some background information, clinical history, reasons for seeking DBT skills group, and to provide some rules and expectations about participation in a skills group. We won't be able to offer you a spot in the group without this pre-group meeting.

Our clinic and skills group brochures are available for you to download at the bottom of this page. Please feel free to download them and discuss with your physician or current clinical provider (if you have one) to see whether this would be a good fit to your needs.

Currently all of our adult DBT skills groups are accepting new clients. There is a waitlist for the adolescent DBT skills group. Please complete our referral form to get on our waitlist for group.

Meeting information of our current adult DBT groups (for individuals age 18 and above)::
  • Tuesdays 4:30 to 6:30pm
  • Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30pm

    Meeting information of our multi-families adolescent DBT group (for adolescents aged 14-17 and their primary caregivers, exceptions may be considered)::
  • Wednesdays 4:30 to 6:00pm
  • Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:00pm

  • 26-week DBT Skills Training

    DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan for the treatment of chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the years, DBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of other disorders, such as substance dependence, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. A standard DBT skills group covers the following skills modules:

    • Mindfulness (6 weeks)
    • Emotion Regulation (8 weeks)
    • Distress Tolerance (6 weeks)
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness (6 weeks)

    Who may benefit from the 26-week standard DBT Skills training?

    • Individuals struggling with borderline personality disorder
    • Individuals suffering from high suicide risk
    • Individuals struggling with self harm behavior
    • Individuals struggling with substance use problems
    • Individuals struggling with treatment-resistant depression
    • Individuals with PTSD
    • Individuals struggling with eating problems
    • Individuals who do not suffer from chronic psychosis

    For more information about the effectiveness of DBT and for whom DBT may work, please visit https://behavioraltech.org/research/evidence and https://behavioraltech.org/research/how-dbt-helps.

    Our 26-week DBT skills group is meant to be offered as part of the comprehensive DBT program that includes the following:

    • DBT individual therapy sessions (one hour weekly)
    • DBT skills training class (two hours weekly)
    • Phone consultation (provided by the individual therapist)
    • DBT Consultation team (weekly for clinicians)

    Please contact us to find out more information about our DBT skills groups and how to get in.

    Download Our Brochures

    DBT for Adolescents Brochure
    DBTSkills-Training

    " Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. "

    Rumi

    How to book an appointment

    New Clients: To send your inquiry, please complete our secure online referral form or respond to the questions on our contact page.

    You may also book an initial appointment with some of our clinicians who accept online booking.

    Please click the “Book an Appointment” button below to view availability of those clinicians.


    Existing clients: If your clinician has enabled online booking, you may click the button below to book, modify or cancel an appointment.