Due to the ongoing concern of COVID-19 and to maintain safety for our staff and clients, we are providing our group program online until further notice.
Group Timetable 2021
Distress Tolerance Module (Online): Tuesday 20th April- 18th May. 4 - 5:30 pm.
Emotion Regulation Module (Location TBC): Commencing week of 24th May- 21st June
Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Location TBC): Commencing week of 12th July- 9th August.
Mindfulness Module (Location TBC): Commencing week of 16th August- 13th September
Our graduate program is open to anyone who has already completed all 4 DBT modules, regardless of where they have been completed. Groups run online on the first Monday of every month, 4:30-5:30pm
All our Group Programs are open for referral. The cost of each 5 week module is $300 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 to 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
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.
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.
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.
Learning how to effectively manage your emotional experience, and not allow your emotions to manage you.
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.
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