Dialectal Behaviour Therapy Perth

Dialectal Behaviour Therapy Perth

Experienced DBT Psychologists helping adults and teens, based in Applecross!

DBT is a highly effective, researched, internationally recognised treatment for people with significant emotional and relationship difficulties.

At Aresolution, our focus is on providing therapy that has been shown to be effective by research findings, which we have found actually works for people. In addition to DBT, we provide specialist clinical psychological services and therapy for a range of problems. Lastly, we have an Assessment and Diagnosis pathway for people needing to clarify their diagnosis, which involves comprehensive psychological testing and diagnostic interviews, leading to a formal diagnosis and report.

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that was initially developed by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan originally to help individuals with borderline personality disorder. Over time, DBT has proven to be highly effective in treating a range of mental health issues, including symptoms of emotional dysregulation, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse. Thus it is proving useful for individuals with ADHD, mood disorders, PTSD and Binge eating. 

DBT combines elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) with mindfulness techniques to help individuals develop skills in emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. By focusing on building these skills, DBT equips individuals with the tools they need to navigate life’s challenges and improve the quality of their relationships.

Group DBT Program Improving  Lives Through DBT: Discover the Benefits of the Teen and Families Program

Discover the benefits of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for teens and their families in WA’s first private practice to offer DBT Teen and Families under the supervision of WA’s first psychologist (Dr Keren Geddes) to adapt, research and implement DBT Teen in WA.  At Aresolutions’ DBT Teen and Families Program, we are committed to improving young people’s  lives through evidence-based therapy techniques that promote emotional regulation and healthy relationships.

Our DBTeen Program is available for anyone 14 and over, runs for 3hrs a week for 12 weeks and will first run in August 2024, please contact reception for more information about this program.

Which DBT Skills are covered in DBT Therapy?

  1. Mindfulness – Guiding individuals to recognise different states of mind and utilise them to manage emotions, behaviours, and decision-making effectively. Breaking down mindfulness into six behavioural skills: understanding the “what” and “how.”
  2. Distress tolerance – Equipping individuals and families with a toolkit to navigate crises without exacerbating the situation. Providing strategies for crisis survival both at home and in school. Teaching the practice of radical acceptance for circumstances beyond one’s control.
  3. Walking the Middle Path: Introducing a new skills module tailored for individuals and families. This module encompasses:
  4. Dialectics: Emphasising the importance of acknowledging multiple truths to enhance perspective and problem-solving abilities. Validation: Utilising validation as a powerful tool to foster connection, demonstrate understanding, and soothe emotions within oneself and others. Behaviour Change: Providing guidance on effectively altering behaviours in alignment with personal goals. Emotional Regulation: Assisting individuals and caregivers in reducing vulnerability to negative emotions while enhancing positive emotional experiences. Teaching methods to manage mood-dependent behaviours and mitigate unwanted emotions.
  5. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Offering foundational skills for managing and enhancing relationships. Assisting individuals and parents in communicating needs effectively, minimising conflict, and preserving self-respect.

How to book with our DBT psychologists?

Our psychologists have received training in a variety of therapies, with some therapists undergoing additional training and supervision in DBT. Below is a list of clinicians in our team who are qualified to accept referrals for DBT. To ensure that you are matched with the right psychologist and to tailor therapy to your individual needs, please contact reception. Kindly mention your interest in DBT during your intake and booking process.

DBT Psychology Team

Tasha Ouschan
Senior Psychologist

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Keara Wood

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Nadia Smith-McColm

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Namrata Makhijini

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Where are you located?

Our main office is located in Applecross Community Village at Unit 7, 42 Ardross Street. You can find us above the Messy Munchies Cafe and can access our offices via our private rear entry at the top of the white staircase. We are conveniently located off the Kwinana Freeway (Canning Highway exit). Nearby suburbs include South Perth, Como, Booragoon, Victoria Park, Mount Pleasant, Rossmoyne, Willetton, and more.

Aresolution Community Partners

Our couch, Your private space

Our private and warmly appointed rooms provide the perfect space for you to begin your journey of self-development. We are located near Applecross Village with a private rear entry, upstairs at the back of the building. You can also book Online Therapy sessions.

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To Book your Appointment Phone Today 08 6117 8019