Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and with lock-down restrictions still in place, we are providing our group program online until further notice.
Group Timetable 2020
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Online): Tuesday 6th October- 3rd November. 4 - 5:30 pm.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Online): Thursday 8th October- 5th November. 5 - 6:30 pm.
Group Timetable 2021
  • Distress Tolerance Module (Online): Tuesday 2nd February-2nd March. 4 - 5:30 pm.
  • Distress Tolerance Module (Bendigo): Thursday 4th February- 4th March. 5 - 6:30 pm. 
  • Emotion Regulation Module (Gisborne): Tuesday 20th April- 18th May. 4 - 5:30 pm.
  • Emotion Regulation Module (Bendigo): Thursday 22nd April- 20th May. 5 - 6:30 pm
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Gisborne): Tuesday 25th May- 22nd June. 4-5:30 pm.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Bendigo): Thursday 27th May- 24th June. 5-6:30 pm.
  • Mindfulness Module (Gisborne): Tuesday 13th July- 10th August. 4-5:30 pm. 
  • Mindfulness Module (Bendigo): Thursday 15th July- 12th August. 5-6:30 pm.
  • Distress Tolerance Module (Gisborne): Tuesday 17th August-14th September. 4 - 5:30 pm.
  • Distress Tolerance Module (Bendigo): Thursday 19th August- 16th September. 5 - 6:30 pm. 
  • Emotion Regulation Module (Gisborne): Tuesday 5th October- 2nd November. 4 - 5:30 pm.
  • Emotion Regulation Module (Bendigo): Thursday 7th October- 4th November. 5 - 6:30 pm
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Gisborne): Tuesday 16th November- 14th December. 4-5:30 pm.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Bendigo): Thursday 18th November- 16th December. 5-6:30 pm.
All our Group Programs are open for referral and you may be able to receive Medicare rebates if you have an existing Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.
Feel free to call or email us,and make an initial intake appointment with us to discuss what support you are needing and how we can help you.
We will then book you in for the module you are interested in, and make a plan with you to meet your overall treatment needs or the goals you have for therapy.
Our programs tend to run in the evenings and fit around the school terms.
If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact us.  Our waiting list is run by date of contact and first appointment and places are strictly limited.
The program is delivered under the Better Outcomes Medicare Scheme, which provides substantial medicare rebates for group and individual sessions. See our FAQ and Fees page for further information. We run our modules over 5 weeks as this allows group members to access 10 Medicare rebated sessions per calendar year. 
For more information on the content of our DBT program, you can go to our information on DBT or visit www.behaviouraltech.org 

What is DBT?

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a modified version of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) which was originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). It has also been found to be highly effective in treating other conditions such as: suicidal behaviour; self-harm; substance use; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD; depression and eating disorders as well as much more.

How DBT works

The term ‘dialectical’ means ‘working with opposites’. DBT uses seemingly opposing strategies of ‘acceptance’ and ‘change’. The therapist accepts you just as you are, but acknowledges the need for change in order for you to recover, move forward and reach your personal goals.
During a course of DBT, the therapist works with you to help you move away from a chaotic life and towards a life that you find personally meaningful and fulfilling, what we would call, ‘your life worth living’.
DBT involves developing two sets of acceptance-oriented skills and two sets of change-oriented skills.

Acceptance-oriented skills

Learning how to focus your awareness on the present moment, and to acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and bodily sensations as they occur, without the need to control or manipulate them.
Distress tolerance
Learning how to manage and cope during a crisis, and to tolerate distress when it is difficult or impossible to change a situation. Learning to accept any given situation just as it is, rather than how you think it should be, or want it to be. Learning new skills like distraction and self-soothing, for both coping with and improving distressing moments.

Change-oriented skills

Emotional regulation
Learning how to effectively manage your emotional experience, and not allow your emotions to manage you.
Interpersonal effectiveness
Learning assertiveness strategies to appropriately ask for what you want or need. Learning how to say no, and how to manage interpersonal conflict in a way that maintains respect for yourself and others.

DBT at Birch Tree Psychology

We have adapted the traditional DBT programme to fit better with our clients’ needs. We facilitate DBT skills groups over 5 week modules so that 10 Medicare rebates can be obtained per calendar year and cover 2 modules. It is normal to go through the programme twice to achieve the full benefits. In its standard form, there are three ways you receive DBT during the program:

DBT skills training group

A group facilitator teaches specific skills in a classroom setting, and sets tasks for the group members to practise between sessions. The skills training group typically meets once weekly, usually for around 1½ hours, across the 5-week program.

Individual therapy

Running at the same time as the group, individual therapy typically occurs weekly to enhance your motivation and commitment to the program. It’s also an opportunity to discuss and apply specific DBT skills to your current everyday life.


Between-sessions telephone coaching

On-the-spot telephone coaching from your therapist can be available at times during the week when you’re struggling. Your therapist guides you and encourages you to apply your new DBT skills to address and manage your issues.
Learn more about DBT from Marsha Linehan, the creator of DBT, by clicking here.




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