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DBT Skills Training:
Interpersonal Effectiveness

The goal of DBT Skills Training is to help clients learn how to change behaviours, emotions, and thoughts. Interpersonal Effectiveness teaches skills to more effectively set boundaries and ask for help/support, without damaging relationships or self-respect. This module is 8-weeks in duration.


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 the 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 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 by 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 Interpersonal Effectiveness group will begin in June 2023, see the schedule below:

Mondays: Jun 5 - Jul 24 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Thursdays: Jun 1 - Jul 20 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Fridays: Jun 2 - Jul 21 | 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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