What is DBT?


DBT is an intensive, structured therapeutic approach for all ages practical skills to cope with their emotions.  It is a whole-family approach that provides support to both kids and parents in order to develop a wealth of tools, manage challenges, and provides tools to foster healthy interactions.   

DBT skills training consists of five skills modules:


  • Mindfulness

  • Emotion regulation

  • Interpersonal effectiveness

  • Distress tolerance

  • Walking the middle path: learning to validate one another, how to compromise and negotiate, and how to see the other person’s side of things

NowWhat? delivers comprehensive DBT programs and supports including:

  • In-home behavioural therapy

  • Skills groups

  • Individual counselling

  • Parent counselling

How do you know DBT works?

  • DBT is an "Evidence-Based Treatment"

  • Research shows that it's the most successful treatment model

Here are links to some of the latest research studies: 

  1. Efficacy of the third wave of behavioural therapies: a systematic review and meta-analysis by the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University.

  2. The use of dialectical behaviour therapy skills training as a stand-alone treatment: a systematic review of the treatment outcome literature by Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Suffolk University.

  3. Rizvi, Shireen L. Chain Analysis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The Guilford Press, New York, 2019.

  4. MacPherson, Heather, Jennifer Cheavens, and Mary Fristad. "Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents: Theory, Treatment Adaptations, and Empirical Outcomes." Clinical child and family psychology review 16.1 (2013): 59-80. Web. 6 Nov. 2019

  5. Perepletchikova, Francheska et al. “Adapting Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Children: Towards a New Research Agenda for Paediatric Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious Behaviours.” Child and adolescent mental health vol. 16,2 (2011): 116-121. doi:10.1111/j.1475-3588.2010.00583.x

NowWhat? is based in Hamilton, Ontario. We are a multi-disciplinary therapeutic clinic providing clinical, community-based & in-home services in Greater Hamilton, Halton, Brant, Niagara, Haldimand and the GTA.

We are also available for remote consultation and support across North America.  Our clinic specialises in wraparound family support with expertise in managing ADHD, ASD, Anxiety, Emotional Regulation, Behaviour Therapy and DBT courses for all ages.

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