DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)


What Is DBT?

DBT is an evidence-based treatment originally designed for people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) but is now used to support client with an array of struggles regarding emotional regulation.

A key component of DBT based skills is teaching a client to stay a little longer than before with feeling emotional pain, validating and accepting their experience whilst moving towards changes in behaviours. Clients are shown how to become present with their emotions and learn how to tolerate the distress that may be experienced. DBT teaches clients how to control urges and impulsive behaviour that can harm relationships and effect their quality of life.”(Megan Sheill, Expressive Therapy Clinic)


Who May Benefit from Bunbury Counselling’s DBT Program?

You are likely to get the most out of the DBT program if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with BPD or BPD traits (Distorted self-image; Feelings of isolation, boredom, and emptiness; Mood swings, sometimes severe and sudden; Feelings of anxiety; Loss of interest in routine activities; Suicidal thoughts; and/or Delusion)
  • Are motivated to engage in weekly coaching sessions in addition to a weekly skills group.
  • Are committed to complete the full 12 week program.
  • Are stable on medications.
  • Do not have any other debilitating conditions, current psychotic symptoms, or current alcohol or other substance use issues.


Program Outline

The Bunbury Counselling’s DBT Program is 12 weeks in duration with weekly group sessions plus an additional individual coaching session either weekly or fortnightly. A maximum of ten people can participate in the DBT program at one time.

Individual coaching is provided by Bunbury Counselling Clinicians and aims to address any not-so-helpful ways of thinking and coping (such as suicidal thoughts and behaviours or impulsive behaviours). Individual coaching also aims to consolidate and generalise the learning of DBT skills.

The skills group comprises mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills modules.

The Bunbury Counselling program also encompasses Creative Therapies throughout the program.

During the program, participants can telephone for Coaching support as required.

Upon completion of the DBT Skills Program, you will be invited two follow-up sessions at six and twelve weeks after the group where you can discuss progress and review goals set at completion of the program.


Bunbury Counselling Therapists

The Bunbury Counselling’s DBT Program is delivered by Clinicians trained in both Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy.




To register for this course, please complete the form below and a Clinician will contact you.

DBT Program