Brisbane Harmony Centre is pleased to be taking new referrals for a DBT group run by Dr Sarah Swannell (PhD, MClinPsych), Advanced DBT Clinician.
DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) is a groundbreaking treatment designed to help individuals regulate their emotions and behaviours. Initially developed in the 1980s and 1990s for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), it has since shown effectiveness with a wide range of mental health disorders, especially substance use disorders, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. It has also shown usefulness with individuals who do not have a diagnosed mental health disorder, but who struggle to regulate their emotions and behaviours. The pillar of the treatment is the central dialectic of acceptance and change. A dialectic refers to a pair of opposites being equally valid at the same time: radical acceptance and change simultaneously.
Brisbane Harmony Centre offers DBT skills training groups in Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Mindfulness.
DBT skills training groups are appropriate for individuals who are committed to and motivated for treatment; are not currently engaging in high risk and/or life-threatening behaviours; and do not require between session support. Individuals who do not meet these criteria require more intensive and individual support outside of the scope of these skills groups.