DBT Group Therapyfor Adults and Adolescents
**Due to overwhelming demand, we only have limited availability for our comprehensive DBT program at this time (in which a client would receive individual DBT, group DBT, and phone coaching in between sessions from a DBT trained therapist). You are welcome to complete our online referral form to go on our waitlist for the comprehensive program. Another option is for you to see an individual therapist from our clinic or outside our clinic while you attend our DBT skills group. With this option, your individual therapist may or may not have formal DBT training and offer phone coaching to you. However, you would be able to learn all of the DBT skills in a structured, class-like environment for 26 sessions, just like clients who are in our comprehensive DBT program. You can then discuss with your individual therapist how to apply the skills to help you achieve your therapy and life worth-living goals.
To participate in a DBT 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 for a pre-group meeting (see below) when an opening becomes available.
If you already have a therapist and would like to join our skills group only, we will arrange 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.
26-Week Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Wise Mind Centre offers 26-week standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills groups for adults and adolescents and their 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 currently held online.
To recap, 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 have limited availability for comprehensive DBT at this time). 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). Some of our clinicians at Wise Mind Centre also provides DBT-informed individual therapy to clients while they attending the skills group. The function of having an individual therapist is for you to go over the skills learned in class with your therapist and discuss how you could practice and apply the skills to help you achieve your specific therapy goals.
Please feel free to download our clinic and skills group brochures 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.
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Adolescent DBT groups
Adolescents aged 13-17 and their primary caregivers. (exceptions may be considered)
The adolescent group requires a weekly 1.5-hour group session attended by the teen and at least one of the primary caregivers.
- Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:00pm
Adult DBT groups
Individuals age 18 and above.
The adult groups require participants to attend a weekly 2-hour group session.
- Wednesdays 5:00 to 7:00pm
- Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30pm
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