FAQS

FAQ's

Questions on DBTBrisbane

No, we are a full fee paying program. Some of our clients have a mental health care plan and referral from their GP and so do receive rebates for individual sessions. These rebates do not cover the costs of the program and are limited in number. The program has been deliberately designed so that people who work can still attend outside of business hours.
Sometimes the thought of attending a group can be daunting. The purpose of the group is to learn skills and part of the effectiveness of DBT is that skills are taught in a separate session to individual therapy. People find that they benefit from hearing how other people have struggled with or been successful with skills. In certain circumstances, we can organise for people to have an individual skills session, however this will increase the overall cost of therapy.
Everyone in DBT needs to have an individual therapist that is in the consultation group and part of DBTBrisbane. DBT is such an intensive and time consuming program that it is not possible for people to undergo another therapy at the same time. It is also confusing for people to learn 2 different therapies at the same time. People are able to maintain a relationship with another therapist and see other providers for things other than therapy i.e. prescriptions or reports, and are welcome to return to another therapist after they complete the DBTBrisbane program if they wish to.
You are welcome to refer yourself to DBTBrisbane. You would only need a referral from a GP if you wish to claim rebates under a mental health care plan. (Better Access to Mental Health Scheme) More information on the Better Access Program is available in this link: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mental-ba-fact-pat
At DBTBrisbane all Clinicians have completed the 10-day Intensive Training with Behavior Tech. Three of our clinicians have also completed a further 5-days of Advanced Intensive Training provided by Behavior Tech and specifically, Marsha Linehan. Additionally, two of our clinicians have undertaken training with Linehan on Mindfulness and Reality Acceptance skills. As such, we are the only known DBT provider in Australia currently able to offer the latest evidence-based version of Mindfulness, Reality Acceptance and Emotion Regulation modules.
DBT is a skills based program. If we stop using the skills it can seem like we are back at square one. That is why we offer regular “booster” sessions for graduates of DBT. Attendees at our graduate groups report that they are able to sustain positive changes in their lives. The evidence for DBT is for a program with all the components i.e. skills group, individual therapy, phone coaching, homework, consultation group. If you were previously in a program which didn’t offer all these components, and didn’t follow the treatment guidelines as manualised by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT, then evidence suggests it will not be as effective. There are sometimes therapists and programs which are called DBT but are not adherent DBT programs. This language may include “DBT based” or “DBT informed”. To enable you to identify a DBT Program from other programs, we have provided a detailed list of questions to ask your DBT Provider. This is available further down the FAQ page.
DBTBrisbane have highly trained therapists and skills group trainers who have worked hard to develop a comprehensive, adherent, evidence-based program. The DBTBrisbane consultation team meet weekly to improve the program and work hard to deliver the best quality therapy.

CHOOSING A DBT PROGRAM

In Brisbane there are options including a “DBT Based” program or “DBT Informed Therapy”. This is different to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and likely to offer less intensive therapy. To enable you to choose a DBT Program, we suggest that you ask your potential DBT Provider the following list of questions.

DBTBrisbane provides a weekly Skills Group of 2.5 hours duration, which teaches skills in Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation Interpersonal Effectiveness and Core Mindfulness.
Every client at DBTBrisbane has an individual therapist that they see weekly for an hour to ensure that the skills taught in Skills Group are being applied in a targeted way to their everyday life.
Every DBTBrisbane client has access to after-hours phone coaching from one of the Consult Group members to ensure that skills being learnt in Skills Group can be applied “on the spot”.
At DBTBrisbane all Clinicians have completed the 10-day Intensive Training with Behavior Tech. Three of our clinicians have also completed a further 5-days of Advanced Intensive Training provided by Behavior Tech and specifically, Marsha Linehan. Additionally, two of our clinicians have undertaken training with Linehan on Mindfulness and Reality Acceptance skills. As such, we are the only known DBT provider in Australia currently able to offer the latest evidence-based version of Mindfulness, Reality Acceptance and Emotion Regulation modules.
The five Consult Team members of DBTBrisbane have been practicing DBT for a combined total of 40 years with each team member having at least 5 years DBT treatment experience.
DBTBrisbane clinicians receive weekly peer supervision to ensure that they remain adherent to the evidence-based model. As such DBTBrisbane is truly a community of therapists treating a community of clients.
DBTBrisbane Skills Group is always co-facilitated by two trainers to ensure that the necessary material is taught in a timely fashion and in-line with treatment guidelines.
Ask us about our research and results that demonstrate a decrease in destructive behaviours, trauma symptoms, dissociation, depression, anxiety, stress and alcohol intake over the course of a 6-12 month program with DBTBrisbane.
An adherent DBT program will teach all the skills required in six months (the Skills Acquisition phase) while all skills are then re-taught and consolidated during a further six-months (Skills Generalisation phase).
At DBTBrisbane we offer optional booster sessions on particular DBT skills as well as overviews of an entire module of skills. Additionally, clients may choose to continue Individual Therapy to specifically address past traumas and target any residual symptoms of anxiety and depression.