Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a therapeutic approach that combines behavioural science, zen/contemplative practice, and dialectical philosophies. It was originally developed to assist individuals with borderline personality disorder to regulate their emotions and increase coping skills. It has since demonstrated significant outcomes for depression, anxiety, ADHD, binge-eating, bulimia, and problem drinking. Research has also shown reductions in suicidal behaviour, non-suicidal self injury, and anger.

DBT is a long term therapy used to assist individuals in accepting their current situation and fostering change. It helps individuals accumulate skills that will assist them in:

  • maintaining their motivation to continue working towards their goals
  • identifying their capabilities
  • generalizing the skills learned to their everyday life
  • managing factors that increase the likelihood of emotional reactions

Components of our DBT program include:

  • Individual Therapy
    Working with a therapist, one-on-one, to learn how to apply skills in everyday situations, accept situations and change what you can, stay motivated, and increase quality of life. Cost is $210 per hour.
  • Skills Group
    A psycho-educational group intended to teach the DBT skills in four modules: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Team Consultation
    DBT therapists attend a regular meeting to support each other and ensure adherence to the DBT philosophies. It is the "treatment of a community of clients by a community of therapists" (Marsha Linehan).
  • Phone Coaching
    Clients participating in the DBT program can utilize their therapist outside of their appointments to assist them in learning how and when to use skills effectively.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a therapeutic approach that combines behaviour therapy and cognitive psychology. It is goal oriented and focused on problem solving. The therapist is often directive and guides the client in challenging thoughts in an effort to change their feelings and behaviours. It addresses dysfunctional emotions and promotes more adaptive coping. It can consist of exposure therapy, skills training, cognitive restructuring, and homework. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health concerns and to assist in dealing with everyday challenges.

Treatment Focus

At Inspired Minds, we have practitioners that have a wealth of experience assisting individuals with a variety of concerns. Contact our intake coordinator to discuss your areas of concern and we will ensure you are connected with a therapist that practices the therapeutic approach that best meets your needs. We support individuals experiencing:

  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Pet Loss
  • Trauma
  • Infertility
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Individual therapy sessions are $210 per hour.

Upcoming Events

Understanding DBT & Emotion Regulation
September 24, October 1 & 8th, 2019
5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

Learn the Do's and Don'ts of Sleep
September 16, 23 & 30, 2019
5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
October 15th - November 19th, 2019
5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Drop -in Meditation Class
12:30pm - 1:30pm

2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.

DBT Graduate Group
Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm
Ongoing enrollment

DBT Skills Group
Wednesday evening at 5:30pm
Ongoing enrollment

Thursday morning at 9:00am
Ongoing enrollment


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