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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be used to identify and change negative thinking patterns and unwanted behaviours. DBT can also be used to treat suicidal and self-destructive behaviors.

What can DBT Treat?
DBT was originally designed to treat people with suicidal behavior and Borderline Personality Disorder. However, it has been adapted more broadly for issues that impact a person’s relationships, wellbeing and work functioning.

Potential positive impacts of DBT can include:
• decreased frequency and severity for suicidal behavior
• lower anger
• improved social abilities

What is DBT?
DBT focuses on 4 Primary Skills

• Distress Tolerance: Feeling intense emotions such as anger without reacting impulsively
• Emotion Regulation: Recognizing, labeling, and changing emotions.
• Mindfulness: Becoming more aware of self and others in the present moment.
• Interpersonal Effectiveness: Navigating conflict and interacting assertively.

DBT Stages:
• 1. Treat the most self-destructive behavior first, such as suicidal behaviour.
• 2. Focus on developing quality of life skills
• 3. Focus on improving self-esteem and key relationships.
• 4. Promote positivity and the importance of on-going relationship connections.

You can find out more about DBT on:
We welcome you to call or email us to ask more questions or to book an initial appointment with one of our therapists who practice DBT.

Therapists doing DBT:

Marc Whitehouse


Registered Social Worker

Anxiety. Depression, Men’s Issues, Emotion Regulation, Young Adults, LGBTQIA



Virtual and TeleCounselling. West end Kanata/Stittsville

Charlotte Garvin

M.Ed., R.P. (Qualifying), C.C.C.

Independent Associate

Anxiety, Depression, Coping skills, Grief, Interpersonal relationships, Self-esteem


English, French

356 Woodroffe Ave., Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6

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356 Woodroffe ave., Entrance G/H, Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6

Students looking for placement: Please send us your CV. We have our students for up to September 2021, and are receiving applications for January 2022 and later.