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DBT Skills Training:
Distress Tolerance

DBT Skills Training aims 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 treatment 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 brief mindfulness practice, the previous week’s 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 the group more effectively in their own lives, using a specific framework. Phone coaching gives the client access to support from their therapist throughout the week outside of sessions. Phone coaching sessions typically last approximately 5 minutes.

DBT Orientation Information sessions are held on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm via Zoom video (please note: these sessions are subject to change, please ensure you speak with intake to confirm exact dates/time).

Times and Dates


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

Mondays: Aug 14 - Oct 16 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm (no sessions on Labour Day or Thanksgiving)

Thursdays: Aug 10 - Sep 28 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Fridays: Aug 11 - Sep 29 | 9:00 – 11:00 am 


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

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