DBTBrisbane is now offering a comprehensive young person and their family program. (DBT - YPF)

This intensive program provides over 3 1/2 hours therapy per week. The program includes:

  • Individual Therapy for young people aged 14 - 18 years old

  • Skills Group for young people and their family, on friday evening, 4:15pm - 6.45pm in West End.

  • Regular family sessions

  • Phone coaching for the young person as well as for their family (offered both during and outside of office hours)

  • Individual manual of handouts and worksheets from Rathus & Miller's DBT-A program.

DBT focuses on teaching skills so that individuals and families can learn how to cope with intense emotions.

The therapy program has six week modules. The module topics include:

Emotion Regulation

  • Learn skills to identify emotions and prevent them from becoming overwhelming.

Distress Tolerance

  • Learn skills to cope with distressing thoughts, emotions, impulses or urges to self harm.

Interpersonal effectiveness

  • Learn skills to improve relationships and balance your own needs/wants with others.


  • Learn skills to remain in the current moment, increase awareness and decrease suffering.

Walking the Middle Path

  • Learn skills specifically to improve family dynamics


Contact Rebecca Medway on Ph 0413 187 951 for further information on this progra

Frequently Asked Questions about dbt-yfp

Who should be doing the program?

DBT-YPF has been designed for young people aged 14-18 years of age who have multiple difficulties, such as addictions, self harm, numbing, or dissociation associated with intense experience of emotion or suppression of emotions.

What is the difference between the DBTBrisbane DBT adult program and DBT program for young people and families?

Both programs offered by DBTBrisbane are comprehensive DBT programs. There are two main differences in the DBT-YPF program.

DBT-YPF program seeks to make changes to the whole family system. Therefore, there is more involvement with the family. Family members attend a group skills program, have access to phone coaching for themselves, and there are regular family sessions which provide an opportunity for families to work on their relationships together and address any issues with therapy.

Secondly, the skills and the way that they are taught remain essentially the same, but have been adapted to better suit young people.

There are five sets of skills that are taught in the group program; mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and walking the middle path.

Do you modify your program?

The evidence that DBT works is based on a comprehensive program which includes individual therapy, skills group, home practice, phone coaching, and therapist consultation. As we want to provide a therapy that works, at DBTBrisbane we do not routinely modify or adapt the DBT program.

If there are particular modifications that you are seeking, please discuss if these are possible with a DBTBrisbane therapist.

Who do you define as family?

Families in this program usually refers to parents of the young person, but the definition can be extended to anyone that has an ongoing care-giving role in the young person’s life. This might include grandparents, step-parents, aunts, uncles, adoptive family etc.

Obviously people’s families will often include siblings, or the young person will have strong relationships with a boyfriend or girlfriend or peers. These people are not usually involved in the formal parts of the therapy as the focus is on the young person and the interaction with their care-givers.

If there are particular reasons you feel someone should be involved in the therapy, please discuss this with a DBTBrisbane therapist.

Can different family members do the program?

More than one family member can do the program, the outcome for the young person will be improved the more that family are involved. DBTBrisbane has price options for one or more family members.

How long does the program go for?

The initial commitment we ask is for 24 weeks of therapy. All the content in group will be covered at least once in this time.

Whether you continue beyond this will depend on individual circumstances and whether you have been able to achieve your goals of therapy.

Are sessions eligible for a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?

This will depend on your individual circumstances.

Individuals with a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP will be eligible for a rebate for 6 + 4 individual and 6 + 4 group sessions per calendar year.

DBT-YPF program is an outpatient program and private health rebates will depend on the type of cover and what your individual insurer is willing to rebate.

I want to do therapy but my family member is unable to?

If you have started therapy as a family but some members are unable to attend a session, unable to continue in therapy or drop out, you are able to continue therapy as planned.

If you are a young person wanting to start therapy but your family is unable to attend therapy, it is likely that our Adult DBT program is more suitable for you. Discuss this with a DBTBrisbane Therapist.

We do have a limited number of places in our program for family members who wish to be in therapy but whose young person is unable or unwilling to be in therapy at this time.

More information?

Contact Rebecca Medway on Ph 0413 187 951 for further information on this program