What is DBT?

Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a psychological treatment developed by Prof. Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher originally from the University of Washington, to treat persons with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioural techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance, and acceptance strategies largely derived from meditative practice.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

DBT has been demonstrated through clinical research to be effective in treating BPD. Research indicates that DBT is also effective in treating patients with varied symptoms and behaviours associated with impulse control including self-injury and binge eating.

DBT includes the following key elements:

behavioural approach, finding middle ground, cognitive therapy and DBT’s central component, mindfulness.

The DBT program provided at Lakeside Rooms since 2008 is the first comprehensive DBT program offered in private practice on the Gold Coast.

Accredited with the Australian DBT Institute.

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BPD - an issue of Emotional Dysregulation
DBT treats issues of Emotional Dysregulation which occurs for people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other Mental Health issues

Why do I need Individual and Group Sessions?

The DBT Program involves two components:

1. Individual therapy occurs weekly, in which the therapist and client discuss issues that come up during the week, recorded on diary cards and follow a treatment target hierarchy. Self-injurious and suicidal behaviours take first priority, followed by therapy interfering behaviours. Quality of life and working towards improving one’s life generally becomes the focus of therapy. During individual therapy, the therapist and client work towards improving DBT skill use. Often, skills group is discussed and obstacles to acting skilfully are addressed.

2. The DBT skills group meets once weekly for two hours. DBT skills are learnt across four modules: core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

Neither component is provided as a stand alone treatment. Doing DBT requires initial engagement in individual therapy to prepare for inclusion in skills group. The individual component provides space to work on suicidal urges and dysregulated emotions. The group sessions teach the skills unique to DBT, and also provide practice with regulating emotions and behaviour in a social context.

Entry to the Program

A GP or Psychiatrist referral is required to any member of our DBT team. Once you have your referral contact the Lakeside Rooms to book an individual consultation with a DBT team therapist.

Initially you will commence in individual therapy with one of our DBT team members to start working through any barriers to treatment. Your DBT team member will then advise a suitable interval to join our skills group component of the program.

The group “Riding Emotion Waves” runs year round and intake is held at approximately 6 – 8 week intervals, at the beginning of each new module.

Family Connections Program

An intensive program for family and friends offered in conjunction with NEA BPD Australia
NEA BPD Australia

Commencing Tue 5th March 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm

A FREE, 12 week program for supporters of someone who experiences BPD, BPD symptoms or severe Emotional Dysregulation

*Education *Skills *Resources *Support

The Family Connections program is designed to provide parents, spouses, adult children, and siblings the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own wellbeing in living with a relative with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The program also helps those relatives build a support network with other individuals with a relative with BPD.

Group Leaders: Tina Cicolini and Julia Say

Framework of Program
The evidence-based course content of Family Connections was developed by two internationally renowned clinician / researchers and modified in consultation with family members and consumers. The format of the sessions allows group participants to obtain the latest information about the disorder,acquire and practice skills, and enjoy an open and supportive forum for discussion.
The program combines the real–life experiences and needs of loved ones of persons with BPD with the expertise of more than two decades of professional work with families.
Group leaders, who are family members or clinicians, have extensive personal experience in this area and have taken an intensive leader
training course to give them the tools to disseminate information and teach the key skills of the program.

Course Content
* Education on BPD
* Research on BPD
* Skills training based on Dialectical Behaviour
Therapy (DBT) in a supportive group
* Application and practice of skills
* Development of a support network

Topics addressed
* Education and Research on BPD
* Family Perspectives and Experiences
* Relationship Mindfulness Skills
* Family Environment Skills
* Effective Communication Skills
* Validation Skills
* Problem Management Skills

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