Group Therapy for Adults and Adolescents

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. 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 send us an email to inquire about approximate wait time.

Meeting information of our current adult DBT groups (for individuals age 18 and above)::
  • Tuesdays 4:30 to 6:30pm
  • Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30pm
  • Fridays 9:30 to 11:30am

    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 and

    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

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    How to book an appointment

    New Clients: Complete and send us a referral form, send us an email, or call us at 604.761.8201 to book your first appointment.

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

    Please click the button below to view the availability of those clinicians.

    Existing clients: Click below to book, modify or cancel an appointment.