Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills

CCATS offers Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills, which is based on a type of cognitive behavioural talking therapy first designed by psychologist Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s. It is beneficial for individuals who experience very intense emotions.

DBT was first developed to help individuals with borderline personality disorder/emotionally unstable personality disorder but has since been adapted to work with a variety of mental health conditions. DBT works by helping people to identify and modify patterns of thinking that contribute towards their extreme emotions.

The number of sessions depends on your needs, however, the first session with a CCATS therapist would usually involve a pre-assessment to determine whether DBT is the right therapy for you. The DBT skills sessions cover mindfulness, managing relationships with other people, developing healthy ways to cope with stressful situations, and regulating emotions.

At CCATS, we have a number of staff who are trained in DBT: