Support Group

DBT Skills Training:
Distress Tolerance

The goal of DBT Skills Training is to help clients learn how to change behaviours, emotions and thoughts. Distress Tolerance teaches skills to help clients survive a crisis (extremely high distress), and reality acceptance skills for when difficult circumstances are prolonged. This is an 8-week module.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural style of treatment that is recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Skills training groups teach the client new skills to manage emotions, urges, and interpersonal interactions more effectively. Each group skills training session is run like a class. After a brief mindfulness practice, the previous weeks’ content is reviewed, homework (to practice skills) is shared, new skills are taught, and new homework is assigned. Individual therapy helps the client apply the skills learned in group more effectively in their own lives, using a specific framework to do so. Phone coaching gives the client access to support from their individual therapist through the week outside of sessions. Phone coaching sessions typically last approximately 5 minutes.

Times and Dates


Our next Distress Tolerance group will begin in January 2023, on the schedule below:

Mondays: January 9 - March 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Thursdays: January 5 - February 23 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Fridays: January 6 - February 24 | 9:00 – 11:00 am (session not held on July 1 Canada Day)

For more information, or to begin the intake process, please click here to be directed to our self-referral form, or give us a call at 902.431.1721